Phoenix: Scott Geoffrion crash report, medical update

Geoffriion okay following hard crash, but doctors to keep him in hospital for observation. CHANDLER, Ariz., February 23, 2003 - When Scott Geoffrion said this would be the last race for his Hurley Blakeney-owned NitroFish Pro Stock Ford Mustang,...

Geoffriion okay following hard crash, but doctors to keep him in hospital for observation.

CHANDLER, Ariz., February 23, 2003 - When Scott Geoffrion said this would be the last race for his Hurley Blakeney-owned NitroFish Pro Stock Ford Mustang, he had no idea it really would be.

Geoffrion, who qualified in the No. 8 position for Sunday's Checker Schuck's Kragen Nationals at Firebird Raceway, took a wild ride into the right guardrail in the first round of competition. The hard contact with the concrete wall sent Geoffrion to Maricopa County Medical Center for overnight for observation.

"My back is bothering me," said Geoffrion, 37. "Otherwise, I'll be all right. I broke three vertebras in my back in 1983 and had two rods put in my back. Two years ago I fell off the roof and cracked a vertebra, so the doctors want to do more testing."

A broken left front brake rotor caused the Mustang to make a move left toward the guard wall after Geoffrion crossed the finish line. The impact - the car hit nose first, then swung around and whacked the left rear against concrete - did serious damage.

"The rotor split in half," said the San Clemente, Calif. resident. "When I hit the brakes, the car moved toward the left wall. When I turned, the thing came around so quickly there was nothing I could do."

He did not realize he had fouled away the run by five-thousandths of a second to opponent V. Gaines. "I had no idea. Any of the Pro Stock drivers will tell you we have to be on the ragged edge (at the starting line). It's a bummer about the car . . . it was already sold," added Geoffrion.

Geoffrion's first qualifying run - 6.853 seconds at 200.17 mph - put him solidly in the field.

The team plans to pick up its new Ford Escort ZX2 next week and test it March 10-12 at Bradenton, Fla.

-jls-

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Series NHRA
Drivers Hurley Blakeney , Scott Geoffrion