Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wife of NASCAR driver injured in crash at speedway


Katie Kenseth, wife of 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Matt Kenseth, was injured Monday evening in a wreck that occurred while practicing for a NASCAR "significant others" charity race scheduled for October. And while it's easy to classify injuries as "minor" when you're not the one getting hurt, Katie was fortunate to escape with only one broken bone.
To set the stage, Katie was practicing for the "Better Half Dash" on Oct. 15 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In that race, drivers will go 25 laps on a quarter-mile track at the speedway. They'll be driving bandoleros, which are in effect souped-up go-karts with full, enclosed bodies. The cars can hit speeds as high as 70 mph and are designed for entry-level drivers, often kids as young as 8 years old.
Matt Kenseth took the photo of his wife there at right prior to the practice, joking on Twitter that there was "no sign of Danica [Patrick]'s husband." Others scheduled to participate include the wives and significant others of Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Casey Mears, Michael McDowell and David Ragan.
During practice, Katie Kenseth apparently took a sharp turn and hit what is usually the pit road wall. Photos taken at the scene by a local news crew showed Matt Kenseth rushing to her wrecked car and removing her helmet. Emergency crews loaded her onto a stretcher; she was soon treated and released from a local hospital.
"That didn't turn out so well," Kenseth later wrote on Twitter. "Katie and I are home, she has a broken scapula [shoulder blade] and some bumps and bruises."
As for Katie's future in racing? Kenseth addressed that too:
"She said that was the shortest racing career in history!"

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