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UPDATE: VIDEO: Veteran Driver Brad Smith Airlifted Following Mini "Big One' at Talladega

Anxious fans, officials, and team members are shown in this AP Photo as they watch a jumbo screen replay of the wreck at Talladega waiting for signs that the drivers were OK.
Anxious fans, officials, and team members are shown in this AP Photo as they watch a jumbo screen replay of the wreck at Talladega waiting for signs that the drivers were OK.
AP Photo shows Veteran Driver Brad Smith following Talladega Big One. Smith was airlifted to a local hospital.

OFFICIAL UPDATED ARCA RACING STATEMENT ON BRAD SMITH:  (TALLADEGA, Ala. – May 2, 2015) – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Brad Smith underwent surgery overnight for injuries to both ankles and a laceration to the left ankle sustained during Friday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway. He is awake, alert and in stable condition this morning. Smith, 46, was admitted to University Alabama Birmingham Medical Center following an accident on lap 53 of Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200. He will remain hospitalized for further observation and treatment. Smith, a veteran racer from Shelby Township, Michigan, was running in the lead draft when he could not avoid impacting the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self on the 2.66-mile Talladega Superspeedway tri-oval. Smith, who drives for Hylton Motorsports, exited the car following the incident, alert and conscious. He was treated at the infield care center and later transported to UAB Medical Center.Smith has made 259 career starts in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, dating back to 1988. ARCA Racing Series officials will provide additional updates as information becomes available. ARCARACING.COM

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM ARCA RACING: (TALLADEGA, Ala. – May 1, 2015) –

ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards driver Brad Smith has been transported to a local hospital, diagnosed with a left ankle fracture and admitted for further observation. The injuries were sustained following a lap 53 accident during the running of the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 at Talladega Superspeedway Friday. Smith, a veteran racer from Shelby Township, MI was running in the lead draft when he could not avoid impacting the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self on the 2.66 mile Talladega Superspeedway tri-oval. Smith exited the car following the incident, alert and conscious. ARCA Racing Series officials will provide additional updates as information becomes available. (END STATEMENT)

Smith was collected hard in an accident with Austin Wayne Self who was piloting the No. 98 AM Technical Solutions Ford Fusion. Self commented following his release from the Talladega infield care center that he was ok but worried about his fellow drivers. "I guess I lost it a little bit," Self said. "It was obviously my fault. - I just hope everyone is all right out there."


Congratulations goes to Blake Jones for bringing home the checkered flag during the first race of the Talladega Superspeedway race weekend in the International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 Friday evening. Jones, of Cunningham Motorsports, gave the organization it's second straight win at Talladega Superspeedway. Jones, driving the driving the No. 22 Uncle Ray’s Potato Chips Dodge, is in his rookie season and will graduate from high school this year in Tennessee.

“This is a dream come true,” said the 18-year-old Jones. “To come here and win at Talladega in just my second restrictor plate track is unbelievable.”

Blake Jones win IMHOF 200 at Talladega - ARCA Racing

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