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Road Atlanta: Slednecks Racing race report

Privateer Team, Slednecks Racing, Experiences a Tough Ending to what was Otherwise an Outstanding AMA Season September 2, 2008, Braselton, Georgia: Slednecks Racing will end their debut AMA season a little early after a string of tough luck hit...

Privateer Team, Slednecks Racing, Experiences a Tough Ending to what was Otherwise an Outstanding AMA Season

September 2, 2008, Braselton, Georgia: Slednecks Racing will end their debut AMA season a little early after a string of tough luck hit riders, Josh Galster and Misti Hurst.

During Sunday's AMA Supersport race at Road Atlanta, Galster suffered a bad crash that has left him with a severely broken wrist and left hand, as well as a fractured C2-vertebrae in his neck. Also known as a "hangman's fracture," this type of break in the neck could have easily resulted in full or partial paralysis.

Galster will be fitted with a halo to stabilize the neck before flying out to California where he will undergo surgery for his wrist and where they will make the final decision of whether or not to perform surgery on his neck. He is expected to make a complete recovery and is in good spirits. "I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers." He said. "People have been so supportive and awesome. Thanks."

The weekend was a difficult one for Galster who was in the running for the Rookie of the Year award. Chasing bike problems for the last three weekends in a row, the team spent most of the practice sessions working out the main issues and had little time left over to set up the bike and suspension before the start of the Supersport Race.

Qualifying in 28th position with a time of 1:32.4, Galster got a poor start and was left pushing his way through the pack when the race was red flagged due to a crash that involved several riders.

"The second start was much better." Said Galster. "I was feeling really good, the bike was running awesome and I was gaining on some guys." Galster dropped his times down to a 1:31.7 and was running as high up as 20th place when suddenly he lost the rear coming out of turn 5 and was launched high into the air.

"I flipped a bunch of times," He explained from the hospital, "people almost ran over me, and I jumped up and walked off the track, yelling at the corner workers and telling them NOT to red flag the race, that I would walk back to the pits. I knew my hand was bust because my ring finger was pointed to my thumb, and my neck hurt a bit. It wasn't until they did the CT Scan and X-Ray that I found out it was actually broken."

Galster's teammate Hurst, who withdrew from the race at VIR and was not in attendance at Road Atlanta due to unexpected circumstances, was relieved to hear that Josh was fairing OK. "I was watching the race on Live Timing when I saw that he went down. It is a helpless feeling to not know what is happening and I was on the phone immediately waiting to hear the news. I'm just glad that he is alright."

Slednecks Racing had plans to attend the final round of races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca later on in the month where both riders were to compete, but unfortunately neither will be in attendance. "It's a very volatile sport," Says Hurst "Anything can happen and plans change all the time. That's racing."

Josh and Misti would like to thank all of their incredible sponsors, fans, friends and family for their support throughout the season.

Keep up with Slednecks Racing's news, upcoming events and plans for next season at www.slednecks.com or www.mistihurst.com

-credit: www.mistihurst.com

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Series AMA
Drivers Misti Hurst , Josh Galster