Jeff Russell in Critical Condition After Crashing During Practice Session

Sal Sigala Jr.Senior Analyst INovember 1, 2010

It's been three weeks since former NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel was airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital after a violent single-car accident while qualifying for a USAC race at Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Indiana.

Hmiel who is still on his road to recovery, will be undergoing a fourth surgery on November 1 to repair a vein after a small leak was discovered during an angioplasty on Friday.

The motorsports world was hit with another tragedy on Saturday when Jeff Russell of Boise, Idaho received extensive injuries during an afternoon practice session at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Speedfest 2010.

Russell drives an 800 plus horsepower open wheel supermodified race car, which can reach speeds as high as 190 mph on a one mile oval track in the Super Modified Racing Association. 

According to Russell’s website, it’s likely the front spindle on his supermodified car broke, sending him into the wall at a high rate of speed.

Russell had to be cut out of the car, and was airlifted to University Medical Center in Las Vegas with a fractured vertebrae in his neck, a broken arm, and leg, some broken ribs, and some bruised lungs, but he is awake and talking.

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Russell has already undergone brain surgery so doctors could remove some blood clots, along with fixing a couple of bleeds.

Since his brain was also swollen, the doctors  removed  a small piece of skull to  relieve the pressure. He will have a long recovery period, but he is strong, and things are looking up.

Russell’s family have asked that friends and family continue to pray for him, as he is in critical but stable condition.

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