LOVES PARK, IL. (Tuesday, July 28, 2009) - Rockford Speedway veteran Ryan Carlson was released from Rockford Memorial Hospital Monday night, following a three car accident on Saturday at the quarter-mile paved oval. A caution just past the halfway mark of the ASA Late Model Series North 'All-Star 100' resulted in Carlson’s machine catapulting off the front wheel of Canadian Jordan Sims’ stock car. Carlson was resting at his residence early Tuesday, nursing a fractured vertebrae in his back.
Carlson, who had a great start to his weekend winning the BRP Big 8 Series 'Jingle Bells 58' on Friday night at Golden Sands Speedway in Plover, WI, was in the midst of maintaining that momentum on Saturday night. While stretching his lead over the remainder of the field, Carlson suddenly launched into the turn three billboards, destroying over sixty feet of barrier before safety cables and posts sent his mangled machine careening back onto the track. A caution for an incident on the front stretch caught the field off guard, leading to contact between Sims and Becca Kasten which subsequently collected Carlson in the mayhem.
Doctors expect a full recovery for the 30-year-old driver. Carlson will be off of work and unable to drive an automobile during the upcoming months, but looks forward to returning to the racetrack soon.
“I am coming out to the track Saturday night for the trailer race, I just want to see everyone and be out of the house.” a recuperating Carlson said.
This article was posted to the website on July 28th, 2009
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