BUSCH: Fontana Akins Injury Report

Akins bouncing back from injuries FONTANA, Calif. (July 20, 1998) Brad Akins, co-owner of the No. 38 Barbasol/Akins-Sutton Motorsports Ford NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team, was on his way home Monday in good spirits after ...

Akins bouncing back from injuries

FONTANA, Calif. (July 20, 1998) Brad Akins, co-owner of the No. 38 Barbasol/Akins-Sutton Motorsports Ford NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division team, was on his way home Monday in good spirits after being injured in an accident on pit road during Sunday's Kenwood Home & Car Audio 300 at the California Speedway.

Doug Stringer, business manager for Akins-Sutton Motorsports, confirmed on Monday afternoon that Akins, 31, had suffered a severed muscle and tendon damage to his right foot and ankle area as well as receiving 18 stitches to his foot.

Akins owns the Akins Ford/Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge auto dealership in Winder, Ga. He serves as a tire carrier on the race day pit crew for driver Elton Sawyer, and suffered the injuries when he was accidentally struck on pit road of the two-mile speedway by the car of Mark Krogh, which was trying to turn into its adjacent pit stall on the first round of pit stops.

After he was struck, Akins continued to clean the radiator screen on Sawyer's Ford, but collapsed after Sawyer left pit road. Akins was treated for a possible broken foot at the speedway's infield care center, and was transferred by ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where X-rays of the ankle were negative.

Sawyer ultimately finished 12th in the event behind race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. and maintained fifth place in the NASCAR Busch Series point standings.

Stringer said that crew chief Eddie Pardue and Wes Ward, who has been hired to oversee the second team Akins-Sutton plans to field on the NASCAR Busch Series in 1999, were discussing which member of the team to use to fill Akins' role this weekend in the Lycos.com 250 presented by Valleydale Meats at South Boston Speedway.

Source: NASCAR Online

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Elton Sawyer