Snowball Derby Modified Driver Recovering After Surgery

A frightening crash with four laps remaining in Sunday’s Modifieds of Mayhem race at Five Flags Speedway (FL) sent a pair of drivers to the hospital.  Billy Melvin, one of the racers involved in the crash, remains in the hospital and is currently recovering from surgery.


The incident occurred on the backstretch at Five Flags Speedway when Melvin’s car ended up spinning with the driver’s side door facing the cars behind him.  With nowhere to go, fellow racer Jason Morman made hard contact with Melvin’s driver’s side door.


Both drivers were alert and talking following the crash; however, both were transported to a nearby hospital.  Morman has since been released from the hospital.


Melvin’s daughter, Brooke, released an update on her father (Billy) early Monday morning, indicating that doctors performed surgery to repair the left femur (thighbone).  Melvin also suffered a right leg injury; however, doctors decided to allow the right leg to heal on its own.


Melvin will not be able to put weight on his left side for about 10-12 weeks due to one of his pelvis fractures being at the back of his pelvis on the left side, according to Brooke. 


In addition to the injuries suffered on his left and right leg, doctors also discovered that Melvin’s left ankle was shattered.  Doctors decided not to perform a procedure on the ankle since he won’t be putting weight on the left side for 10-12 weeks. 


Melvin will require additional surgery later this week to place screws in his pelvis.


According to Brooke Melvin, her father remained in the surgical ICU unit as of early Monday morning.  As of her last update, there is currently no timeline as to how long Melvin will remain in the Pensacola area hospital.


Tim Bryant, the promoter of Five Flags Speedway, was visiting with the Melvin family at the hospital on Monday. joins the rest of the short track racing community in sending our best wishes to Billy Melvin for a speedy recovery.


-Story by Brandon Paul, Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51

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Snowball Derby Modified Driver Recovering After Surgery