Earnhardt Jr. injured in crash at Milwaukee By Marty Smith WEST ALLIS, Wis., (July 3, 1999) Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crumpled No. 3 Chevrolet gets towed back to the garage area after a crash during practice. NASCAR Busch Series Grand National...
Earnhardt Jr. injured in crash at Milwaukee By Marty Smith
WEST ALLIS, Wis., (July 3, 1999) Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s crumpled No. 3 Chevrolet gets towed back to the garage area after a crash during practice. NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division champion Dale Earnhardt Jr. was injured Saturday morning in a crash during practice at The Milwaukee Mile. He was immediately removed from the No. 3 ACDelco Chevrolet and taken to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee where it was discovered he suffered a chipped right shoulder blade. Earnhardt Jr. was treated and released, and will be back behind the wheel in this afternoon's final "Happy Hour" practice. He is also scheduled to start Sunday's DieHard 250.
"He has chipped the bottom triangle on the right hand side of his back," said Teresa Underdown, Earnhardt Jr.'s public relations representative. "He will start the car tomorrow and will practice in 'Happy Hour' this afternoon. Ron Hornaday will standby just in case."
Earnhardt Jr. was guiding the car through Turn 1 and upon his exit, the engine blew. The mechanical failure sent the car violently slamming into the Turn 2 retaining wall.
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Hornaday, who is Earnhardt Jr.'s teammate at Dale Earnhardt Inc., replaced Earnhardt Jr. in Saturday's Bud Pole Qualifying. Hornaday will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet in the NASCAR Busch Series next season when Earnhardt Jr. makes the move up the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Hornaday qualified 15th with a lap of 29.946 seconds, at 120.216 mph.
According to sources close to the team, there is little chance Earnhardt Jr. will miss Sunday's DieHard 250.
"I was pretty happy," Hornaday said. "When (crew chief) Tony Eury and Tony (Eury) Jr., and all them guys on that Busch deal put a car together, you know it's going to be a good, safe car. I know it probably had it, just the brakes weren't embedded in two laps. Everything was new. I'm pretty happy, I hope they are. I tried to get a little better pit spot. That's the only reason we qualified it.
"Dale Jr., he's the best here. He had a good car, he wrecked that one, and we've got another good car right here. I just want to get it pretty comfortable for when he comes in tomorrow morning."
Earnhardt Jr. won the NASCAR Busch Series championship last year in his first full season on the circuit. Currently, he sits atop the standings, leading Matt Kenseth, last year's runner-up, by 129 points. Earnhardt Jr. has three wins, eight top-5s and 12 top-10s in 17 starts in 1999.
Earnhardt Jr. is also the defending winner of the DieHard 250 at Milwaukee.
Source: NASCAR Online