Scott Ray, a Pro Modified driver who races in the NHRA, was involved in a crash during qualifying at the AAA NHRA Midwest Nationals last week.
Ray was transported to St. Louis University Hospital in St. Louis, where doctors kept him for three days while running tests to check for possible head or internal injuries. By Tuesday, he returned to his family’s Ohio Crankshaft business part-time.
Stan Ray, Scott’s father, wanted to update the CompetitionPlus.com readers about his son’s condition.
“He’s got some bruises but no broken bones,” said Ray, who then added his son had already gone home to rest. “He doesn’t have to undergo any more treatment since he got released. He’s just sore.”
Ray said no determination has been made as to what caused the crash, and, as of Thursday, the car had yet to be unloaded from the trailer since the team returned home to Greenville, Ohio.
“It just happened so quickly,” Ray added.
Scott Ray was running in the left lane when his supercharged 1953 Corvette pulled into a power wheelstand, appeared to shake the tires and made an abrupt right turn into the right lane forcing Steve Matusek to take evasive measures. Ray was able to correct the car in time to prevent a head-on wall hit. Instead the car struck the wall broadside doing significant damage to the passenger side.
Emergency crews cut part of the car in the extraction process. An initial inspection of the car, Ray said, revealed a broken right strut and possibly could be repaired. He said the car will be taken to chassis builder Andy McCoy for a final determination.
Ray was touched when as many as 25 of his fellow Pro Modified community members gathered at his trailer to help load the broken race car. He said driver Mike Knowles orchestrated the process.
“They picked it up and loaded it into the trailer,” said Ray.
Ray said the team has plans to return next season.
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