Tim Steel Medical Update

Steele will sit out Bristol BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 3, 1999) The news NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Tim Steele got during his Tuesday doctor's office visit was not what he wanted to hear. "I may not have broken anything in the crash,...

Steele will sit out Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn. (June 3, 1999) The news NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series rookie Tim Steele got during his Tuesday doctor's office visit was not what he wanted to hear. "I may not have broken anything in the crash, but the doctor says that the muscle damage is too severe to get back in the truck just yet," Steele said from his Coopersville, Mich., home Wednesday morning. "To tell you the truth, I've never hurt so bad or been so sore in my life."

Steele was injured during a crash in the series' most recent race, on May 22 at I-70 Speedway near Kansas City, Mo. After cutting down a right front tire, his HS Motorsports Ford slammed hard into the outside wall. He was transported to an Independence, Mo., hospital where he was admitted for tests and overnight observation.

After if was determined that he suffered no broken bones, but severe bruising of his internal organs, he was released from the hospital the next day.

"When I went in to see the doctor yesterday, I told him that I wanted to make absolutely sure that nothing was broken or nothing was busted up ... no internal injuries," said Steele, a three-time ARCA champion. "For the past week, I've felt like I had a knife stuck in my side and one stuck in my back. It's been hard to get any sleep at all.

"I'm definitely on the sidelines for this weekend's race at Bristol. We're eager to get back to racing and hopefully I'll get the doctor's OK soon. He just wants to make sure that I'm ready and not in danger of hurting myself even worse. I understand where he's coming from, but it sure is a frustrating situation to be in."

Source: NASCAR Online

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