Benson injures three ribs at Daytona


#10 Valvoline Pontiac driver Johnny Benson left Halifax Medical Center in Daytona, Fla. Sunday night and is expected to return to his home in North Carolina on Monday.

Doctors treated Benson for displacements in ribs 6,7 and 8 on the right side of his chest suffered in an accident Saturday night in the 400-mile Nascar Winston Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.

Benson did not aggravate the broken rib or two cracked ribs he suffered in a Busch Series accident at Richmond on May 3.

Benson's timetable for returning to racing will be determined this week by his physician and the Valvoline Racing team. Benson missed the Richmond, Charlotte and Dover races earlier this season because of the injuries from the Richmond accident.

On Saturday night, Michael Waltrip made contact with Benson on lap 8 of the 160-lap race forcing Benson into the wall. Benson was taken by ambulance to the infield care center then transported to Halifax Medical Center.

Waltrip visited Benson at the hospital a few hours after winning the race.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Johnny Benson