Nemechek injured in testing crash

DOVER, Del. -- Joe Nemechek suffered a broken right scapula (shoulder blade) in a crash during testing Tuesday morning at Dover Downs International Speedway, a team spokesperson said Tuesday morning. Nemechek is currently scheduled to remain at...

DOVER, Del. -- Joe Nemechek suffered a broken right scapula (shoulder blade) in a crash during testing Tuesday morning at Dover Downs International Speedway, a team spokesperson said Tuesday morning.

Nemechek is currently scheduled to remain at Bay Health Medical at Kent General Hospital in Dover, Tuesday night as a precautionary measure. He is expected to be released Wednesday morning.

"I'm not sure exactly what happened, but the right front tire went down and I had a ferocious hit at turn three," said Nemechek from his hospital room at Kent General. "I may have run over something and cut the tire.

"Still, I feel fortunate that it wasn't worse. Now I've just got to heal this shoulder."

Nemechek, who was testing his NASCAR Busch Series car, apparently cut a right front tire between turns three and four at Dover, causing the car to slide up into the wall. No other cars were involved and Nemechek had no other serious injuries.

Andy Petree Racing, which fields Nemechek's No. 33 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, was still evaluating the situation Tuesday morning, and had made no decisions regarding Nemechek's status for The Winston weekend at Concord, N.C., which begins Friday.

"Our main concern right now is Joe's health," Petree said. "We're still putting information together and will make any decisions from there."

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Joe Nemechek , Andy Petree