Minter Flips in ASCS Sooner Race at Cowtown KENNEDALE, TX (July 7) -- The day everybody expected to be lucky -- 7-7-7 -- proved to be very unfortunate for Kathyrne Minter. Her flip after a collision with the turn-four retaining wall late in the...
Minter Flips in ASCS Sooner Race at Cowtown
KENNEDALE, TX (July 7) -- The day everybody expected to be lucky -- 7-7-7 -- proved to be very unfortunate for Kathyrne Minter. Her flip after a collision with the turn-four retaining wall late in the fourth lap of the Saturday's American Sprint Car Series Sooner Region "A" Feature at Cowtown Speedway sent her to a nearby hospital.
"I'm still pretty sore, but I'm going to be OK," Kathryne said. "I'm just glad I tightened my belts before I went out, and my ButlerBuilt seat held together. My belts were really tight and, when I loosened them after the crash, it released all that pressure which really hurt. I was really glad to get off that board; it put so much pressure on my back. I just wanted to stand up. I've only flipped once before, and that was a Cowtown, too. Once again, the HANS (device) did its job. The bottom of my neck is sore, but the rest of my neck is perfectly fine. My shoulders are a little sore and my elbow still hurts, but my neck -- that's what everybody was concerned about -- doesn't hurt. It's fine.
"I just hit that lovely rut coming out of four and hit the wall pretty hard. I thought I would hit the wall and bounce off it like I've done before, but not this time. I thought my car hit the wall and spun around; I didn't even know I flipped. It all happens so fast, you don't know what's going on. I thought I just got up in the air, spun around and landed really hard. I was really trying to avoid those ruts in turn four and turn two, and I was trying to keep from wrecking with the guys I was racing with. I knew I could get around them when I got the chance. There were ruts all over the track, but that one in four was the worst. When I hit it, I just thought I would bounce off the wall and keep going."
Kathryne's father and car owner, Mike Minter, was relieved that his daughter was uninjured and proud that she is intent on racing again soon.
"She'll be alright," Minter said. "She doesn't have any broken bones; she's just sore. When I saw her at the hospital, I asked her how she was doing and she said she was OK. Then she asked, 'How is the car?' I said, 'It's pretty torn up, but I'm more concerned about you. I can always put a new car together.' Then she asked, 'Can you have one ready by Friday?' She said she will be ready to race by Friday. She might not be able to race tomorrow, but I think she'll be ready by the end of the week."
Kathryne intends to race in this weekend's ASCS Gulf South events at Heart O' Texas Speedway in Waco, TX (Friday) and at the Gator Motorplex in Willis, TX (Saturday).
"I really want to get better by this weekend," Kathryne said. "These are really important races because I want to keep the lead in the Gulf South Rookie of the Year standings. That's really important to me, and these races can make me or break me. I'm really hoping the doctor is a smart man and knows what he's talking about. He has me on some medication, but Friday is only a few days away."
Minter was running third with two laps remaining in the First Heat Race when she spun in turn two while passing Skip Wilson. She finished third in the First "B" Feature.
While Kathryne's new crew chief, 2006 Sooner Region champion Sean McClelland, was away attending his grandmother's funeral, his brother, Brian, won Saturday's race.
More information about Kathryne, including her "Kat's Corner" and "Off-Track With Kathryne" columns, can be found on her website at www.mint13.com. Fans can also check out Kathryne's merchandise and request a free autographed hero card on her site. Kathryne Minter Racing invites fans to visit the team's trailer after the races.