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Three injured after car goes into stands at Volusia Speedway Park

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Three injured after car goes into stands at Volusia Speedway Park
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Feb 20, 2017, 2:26 PM

Three spectators were injured Sunday night when Dale Blaney's World of Outlaws sprint car climbed the fence on the backstretch.

Blaney, a National Sprint Car Hall of Famer and the brother of former NASCAR veteran Dave, was uninjured in the crash. On a restart, he and Rico Abreu made contact, sending both cars out of control. A video shows Blaney's machine climb the fence and land in the spectator area. 

Per the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, three bystanders were transported to Halifax with two being treated as trauma alerts, one taken by helicopter. 

The race was stopped for over an hour, but eventually resumed. The incident marked the second time that week a car made its way into the stands with Joey Saldana doing so on Friday night. Thankfully, no one was injured there.

A statement was later released and said the following:

"We would like to extend a thank you for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for the three participants injured in the pit area Sunday night during the 46th running of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

"Two of the three individuals remain in the care of medical staff at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Each have family present at the hospital and have requested privacy at this time.

"Michael Brooks, 69, of Kalamazoo, Mich., is one of the individuals involved. His family and friends are at Halifax Health Medical Center and have requested privacy.

"Meanwhile, Gary Streek, of the United Kingdom, has been discharged. His uncle, Alan Wardel, was admitted after experiencing some discomfort while visiting Streek at Halifax, but has since been discharged as well."

One of the injured has been revealed to be a crew chief for Justin Allgaier Motorsports. Allgaier released the following statement: 

 
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Series World of Outlaws
Author Nick DeGroot