Robert Ballou, former USAC National Sprint Car champion, was injured in a crash on Saturday night at California’s Calistoga Speedway.  Ballou suffered multiple fractures to his neck and back, but according to his Facebook page, the driver’s condition is already improving.


The incident occurred in Saturday’s USAC/CRA feature, the opening event of the “Louie Vermiel Classic” weekend at Calistoga.


graphic dirt mods on 51Initially, the doctors at Stanford Hospital believed that Ballou would need surgery for the neck fractures, but an update on his Facebook page said that is no longer the case.


“We received an update that the X-Rays were stable and Robert will continue without surgery at this time!” read the most recent Facebook post.


Ballou was able to sit up, get out of bed, and walk around the hospital room with tolerable pain.


According to his Facebook page, the doctors told Ballou and his family that he would be able to leave the hospital as long as things continued to progress smoothly over the course of the last 24 hours.


Ballou, known as “The Mad Man,” has a lengthy recovery process ahead of him, but as of now things are moving forward smoothly, and he should be back home soon.


Read the full Facebook post here.


-By Rob Blount, Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount

-Photo Credit: TWC Photo

Sprint Car Champ Ballou Starting to Heal After Crash