Charlotte: Rusty Wallace injury update

Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, suffered three cracked toes on his left foot in an accident during last weekend's running of The Winston. Wallace spoke about the injury and how he felt prior to Friday's practice ...

Rusty Wallace, driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Taurus, suffered three cracked toes on his left foot in an accident during last weekend's running of The Winston. Wallace spoke about the injury and how he felt prior to Friday's practice session.

RUSTY WALLACE --2-- Miller Lite Taurus

"They're just cracked, it's not a big deal. It's not like they're broken off, they're just cracked. I'm fine right now. I've had since Saturday night to start feeling better. I put a little Motrin in me and that knocked the pain out, so I'm alright."

HOW ABOUT GOING 600 MILES WITH THAT FOOT? "Well, you don't use the brake as much here at Charlotte, you do a little bit, but it's not like you're going to Martinsville and you're just working the heck out of your feet. I don't see any problem with 600 miles, I really don't, and by the time Sunday night rolls around I probably won't even feel any pain."

ANY RELIEF DRIVER? "No. I have a broken toe, man, it's not a broken arm (laughing)."

HOW WAS THE RICHMOND TIRE TEST? "The Richmond track was like it was when we were there last time. We ran this year's tire and we ran last year's tire. When we put last year's tire on, the track was much easier to drive and was much more forgiving. It was a lot better tire on that surface, so between the guys putting two coats of sealer down, instead of the traditional one coat that they usually put down, the sealer wouldn't come off quick enough. The tire was a lot different and it wasn't compatible with the conditions. The final results were there was just too much sealer and the old tire was a lot better, so I'm comfortable that after all of the races are finished before the Cup race, where more sealer is worn off, if we take the old tire back it will be back to business as usual at Richmond."

YOU SAID SATURDAY'S ACCIDENT WAS ONE OF THE HARDEST HITS YOU'VE TAKEN. WHAT CONTRIBUTED TO THAT DO YOU THINK? "What happened was when the crash happened, I got in the back of Dale Jarrett as we were trying to slow down. I spun him backward and as he was spinning backwards I was trying to go around the outside of him. He came up the race track backwards and I hit him in the rear of the car and that immediately turned my car right and sent me head-on into the wall. We were running over 160 miles an hour at that point and it completely destroyed the car. It cracked the side of my helmet where the Hutchens device pulls on it. I've got a big old bruise on the left-hand side of my leg where the Hutchens device grabbed, so it really worked good. I've got to tell you, it didn't really show good coverage of the wreck. It showed my in-car camera shot, but it was definitely the hardest head-on wreck I've ever had in my life. I had a bad one at Pocono, which I thought was terrible, but this one here was for sure worse."

WHAT IF YOU HADN'T HAD A RESTRAINT? "Well, I think I'd have been in rougher shape if I didn't have the head and neck restraint system. Me saying this is the hardest one I ever took, I don't know if I would have survived it without it. But I know one thing, I was down and buried in a cocoon when I knew I was going into the wall. That's what I normally do to brace for a wreck. The cockpit of the car held up really, really good, but everything in the front -- there's not one straight point to the car. I've never seen a car wrecked that bad in my life -- never."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Rusty Wallace