One week ago Zane Smith fell while wake skating on Lake Norman with his friends. His left arm went numb, his elbow swelled and Smith’s friends quickly got him to a hospital. Even with the pain, Smith still was thinking about racing on Saturday night in the 50th annual Redbud 300 at Indiana’s Anderson Speedway.
“It sucks pretty bad,” Smith said.
The 17-year-old California native tore his tendon in his left bicep when he fell. For those that don’t know, wake skating is similar to wake boarding, but the board doesn’t have boots on it.
“I was getting towed and right as I went to stand up I got on top of the wake and the board slipped out from underneath me,” Smith said. “It was just a one-in-a-million thing. I fell on my side and my arm landed in the handle of the rope and it ripped me like a ragdoll. My entire arm went numb and right away I knew something was wrong. Then I looked down and it looked like there was a baseball by my elbow.”
Earlier in the week Smith said the plan was to get an MRI on Wednesday and then discuss things with Crooks before the team loaded up to go to Anderson. Smith said he still hasn’t gotten the results back from the MRI, but it was the meeting with Crooks where the determination to not race was made.
“Gary said no because I can’t turn the wheel,” Smith said. I can’t move (my arm) up. No matter what I do I have to use my other arm to lift my arm up.”
Smith said the next race on the team schedule is the Southern Super Series race at Five Flags Speedway on July 22, and he’s hoping he’ll be ready for that one.
“It sucks, but hopefully this will give my team and my arm more time to prepare for Pensacola.”
The 50th Annual Redbud 300 will take place on July 16 at Anderson Speedway and can be seen live on Speed51 TV by clicking here.
-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
-Photo Credit: Zane Smith Instagram