Tim McCreadie, the 2006 World Of Outlaws Champion and a longtime Advanced Auto Parts Super Dirt Car Modified Series competitor.
While competing in the 23rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway, the 2006 Chili Bowl Champion, was hurt on Wednesday at the event during a preliminary event in a violent car crash.
McCreadie's car had something break in its rear end while he was leading a qualifying semifinal event.
He was coming into the first turn, when the rear end slide out rolling his midget car into a wall and caused him to continue flipping over a fence.
Have added the link too watch a 20-second clip on YouTube.com and it looks bad.
He suffered a fractured T3 vertebra and has floating bone fragments in his back resulting from the wreck.
McCreadie is recuperating at a Tulsa Hospital, extremely sore but in good spirits, according to close friend USAC's James Spink. He's been fitted with a back and neck brace.
Looks like he won't need surgery for the floating bone fragments, based on the initial workup from the hospitals specialist.
But Dr. Terry Trammell has been brought in by USAC's Jason Smith for a second opinion. He will review the MRI and consult with the specialists at the hospital.
He's a renowned Orthopedic Surgeon who has help many injured race drivers over the years.
McCreadie while expected to make a full recovery, but the length of his recovery is uncertain and could be half or less of the upcoming Dirt Racing season.
He was excited about his upcoming race events in both Georgia and Florida, with his Sweeteners Plus dirt Late Model team.
Bummed by the news, followed him in his dirt racing career and he's a great racer. Was excited to see him get an opportunity, with Richard Childress Racing to run six races in the No. 21 car in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2007.
The sad part of this story is, he has no health insurance. Which is common with many of the full-time professional short-track racers, no fault of there's since most insurance companies won't offer them any.
So James Spink, Jason Smith and Kevin Miller from USAC have established a support fund for his medical and recovery expenses.
Donations can be made to the following address:
Tim McCreadie Support Fund C/O USAC
4910 West 16th St.
Speedway, IN. 46224
Or a donation can be made using a link, which is to added to his website: www.timmccredie.com
Photo Credit: Don Fennell Photo