Late-model driver Steve Seligman’s return to Grundy County Speedway after a long absence took a scary turn in a wild accident during Friday’s qualifying.
The first sign was smoke spewing from his No 65 as the veteran speedster entered Turn 1 for a qualifying lap. The car continued on at full speed almost straight into the wall, pirouetting into the air, spinning sideways and slamming to the ground upside down.
As the car lie smoking and leaking gasoline, the crowd gasped. Seligman then crawled from the wreckage and walked away under his own power.
“As we headed into the corner there the throttle stuck,” Seligman said. “When I found out I was in trouble I figured, ‘Well, better start getting on the binders.’
“I was lifting up and lifting up. Then I tried to get off the brake pedal and do one of them (a move to avoid the wall), but it wasn’t happening.”
Seligman suffered a facial cut in the incident. He said he still planned to run in a different car Saturday night at Illiana Speedway.
Seligman chuckled when asked if he lost consciousness at all.
“Oh, no,” he said. “I’ve been in worse situations than that. That just cleared the cobwebs.”
Story By Tony Baranek – Photos By Kim Kemperman