A Street Stock racer from South Carolina remains in ICU after suffering third-degree burns after an incident at Greenville-Pickens Speedway (SC) Saturday, June 1.
The incident took place during the Mid-Atlantic Street Stock 50-lap feature event at the half-mile oval. Seven drivers were involved in the incident, which led to a substantial fire on the backstretch.
Darrell Meinders suffered third degree burns on his arms, hands, neck and back in the fire, and was helped from the car by his brother, Chris Meinders, according to news reports of the incident. Meinders was transported from Greenville-Pickens Speedway to Augusta Burn Center after the incident.
A social media post from Frances Meinders, Darrell’s wife, was recently shared on Greenville-Pickens Speedway’s Facebook page, providing an update on his status. Meinders remains in Intensive Care at this time, and is expected to remain there for the next month.
“The doctor said he will be in ICU at least a month, then after that moved to another room not sure for how long,” the post reads. “I thank you all for your prayers, support, donations. We love our racing family.”
To date, nearly $14,000 has been raised to assist the Meinders family with medical expenses from the incident. A Facebook fundraiser has raised nearly $13,000 as of Thursday, June 6, with donations from more than 200 supporters. A GoFundMe page collecting donations has also raised more than $800.
Speed51 offers its heartfelt thoughts and prayers to Darrell Meinders and his family, and wishes him a speedy recovery.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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