Rockingham II: Rusty Wallace's spotter Barban motorcycle injury update

Earl Barban, mechanic and chief spotter for Rusty Wallace, was involved in a motorcycle accident while en route to the speedway last night. According to Barban, he sustained three broken ribs, a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and various cuts...

Earl Barban, mechanic and chief spotter for Rusty Wallace, was involved in a motorcycle accident while en route to the speedway last night. According to Barban, he sustained three broken ribs, a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and various cuts and bruises. He was reached in his hospital room Friday afternoon and updated his condition.

EARL BARBAN, Mechanic and Chief Spotter --2-- Miller Lite Taurus

"It was right around 8 o'clock last night and I was on my motorcycle going through Ellerbe. I always take the back way to the track and I just came up to a corner too fast and couldn't get it turned. I went off the road and ended up flipping a whole bunch of times. I guess you could call it a racing incident." HOW DID YOU GET HELP? "I ended up in a ditch, but there was a car with a camper driving behind me and the guy stopped and stayed with me. He's camping at the track this weekend and, even though he didn't have a cell phone, he stopped the next car that came along and asked them to call 911. All I can say is I'm pretty lucky. It could have been much, much worse."

NOTE: Barban was transported to Richmond Memorial Hospital in Rockingham following the accident and said he is expected to remain there until at least Saturday evening.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Rusty Wallace