USCS champion Gray survives crash while testing

O'REILLY USCS CHAMPION GRAY ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY AFTER TESTING CRASH CLARKSVILLE, TN - Defending and four-time O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN escaped serious injury after a hard...

O'REILLY USCS CHAMPION GRAY ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY AFTER TESTING CRASH

CLARKSVILLE, TN - Defending and four-time O'Reilly United Sprint Car Series National Champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, TN escaped serious injury after a hard crash during a testing session on Tuesday night at Clarksville Speedway. Gray was transported to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville where he was evaluated, treated, and released early Wednesday morning.

According to doctors, Gray is suffering from an extreme bruise to the pelvic area. Gray plans on competing in the O'Reilly USCS events this weekend at Crossville's Raceway USA in Crossville, TN on Friday night, Garnertown Speedway in Luray, TN on Saturday night, and Clarksville Speedway on Sunday night.

The incident occurred during a test run as a part of a media day in preparation for the O'Reilly USCS event at Clarksville Speedway this Sunday night.

"Gray's car jumped the cushion on the high side of the track entering turn one and hit the wall," O'Reilly USCS Media Coordinator Larry Sams said. "The car climbed the wall, spun on top of it, and then landed on all four wheels between turns one and two."

Sams said the rear-end assembly of car separated from the drive shaft during the impact with the wall, and struck the bottom of the seat, which caused the injury. The specially designed seat manufactured by ButlerBuilt was bent, but did not break.

"My ButlerBuilt seat did its job, and that's the reason I'm going to be able to walk again," Gray said. "I'm hurting pretty bad right now, but that's a lot better than feeling nothing at all. I really appreciate what Brian Butler and his people do to make a seat that is as safe as it can possibly be."

Gray said he is planning on racing right now, and he is currently trying to get another race car together for this weekend's O'Reilly USCS events.

"Right now, my plan is to race this weekend, unless the pain is so bad I can't stand it," Gray said. "I guess I'll have to wait until Friday night to find that out. I've got a few options to look at in deciding what I'm going to be racing this weekend."

While resting at his Bartlett, TN home on Wednesday, Gray said he is overwhelmed by the concern shown by the people in the motorsports community.

"I want to thank everyone that has shown concern by calling, and asking about me on the Internet," Gray said. "I really appreciate that, and I just want everyone to know that I'm going to be O.K. I'll be pretty busy the rest of this week getting things together to race this weekend. I also want to thank Paul Sides for making the trip to Clarksville from Memphis last night to pick me up and bring me and my rig home."

In addition to being the defending and four-time O'Reilly USCS National Champion, Gray was a two-time series winner at Crossville's Raceway USA last season, and he also won the last event for the O'Reilly USCS at Clarksville Speedway in 2003. Gray is also the current O'Reilly USCS point leader for the National, and Southern Tours.

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