Brooklyn, Mich (June 14, 2003) -- Brett Bodine, driver and owner of Brett Bodine Racing, hit the wall at turn one during final practice for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. Bodine was removed from his Ford Taurus and carried to...
Brooklyn, Mich (June 14, 2003) -- Brett Bodine, driver and owner of Brett Bodine Racing, hit the wall at turn one during final practice for Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway.
Bodine was removed from his Ford Taurus and carried to the ambulance for transport to the infield medical center. Bodine's brother, Todd Bodine was on-track practicing and witnessed the crash, he remained with his brother at the scene awaiting the arrival of the MIS medical team.
Final practice was red-flagged for thirty minutes to clean the track and rebuild the tires.
Bodine appears to have spun on the debris put down on the track by the blown engine of Petty's new Dodge driver, Christian Fittipaldi. The debris cut a right-front tire on Bodine's Ford putting him first into the outside wall with a possible stuck throttle.
"Hopefully, there are no broken bones or anything seriously wrong," said Bodine's crew chief Mike Hillman. "I think it probably cut down a right-front tire. We do run a safety switch on the throttle. A lot of people don't, but we have one on there so we shouldn't have been in that situation."
Bodine's Ford then hit the inside turn two wall head on into the tire barrier placed at that location to cushion a direct hit. He continued through the four row deep tires, bounced back on top of them. The No. 11's front end was totaled.
Early reports indicate possible leg(s) injury. Motorsport.com will have further updates as they become available.
Bodine had already suffered the loss of his current sponsor at the end of this weekend's race.
UPDATE: 12:50 p.m.
Bodine has been transported to Foote Hospital in Jackson, Michigan for further evaluation. Bodine was alert and awake and spoke to his brother Todd Bodine.
Todd was in the vicinity when the crash happened and got alongside to see if Brett was alert after the first wall hit.
"He blew a right-front for sure," Todd said. "It was vicious. It was a hard hit. My only regret is that I didn't stop him from hitting the inside wall, I could tell he was knocked out. He was not slowing down.
"The second one was as bad as the first one," continued Todd refering to the inside wall hit. "I should have sacrificed my car, my regret is I did not stop him from hitting the inside wall.
Todd stopped on the track to remain with his brother, "I asked him a couple of times where he was at. The third time he said Michigan. He knew who I was and he hugged me so I knew he was alright."
UPDATE: 12:10 a.m.
The injury now appears to be a shoulder and not as reported at first, possible leg injury.
The team has announced that Brett's brother Geoff Bodine will drive the No. 11 Hooters Ford in the race on Sunday.
UPDATE: 7:35 a.m.
Brett Bodine has a broken right clavicle and will be released shortly from Foote Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Michinga. Bodine will be unable to compete in today's race, he was scheduled to start 40th.