KARNAC.com - Your Online Racing Community Since 1997 Florida Stock Car Racing
Where the weather is a little hotter
and the racing is a lot faster.....All Year Round!

Your Online Racing Community Since 1998
Stock Car Racing all year round!

FREE RACER's CLASSIFIEDS -BUY SELL TRADE

DRIVERS PROFILES - A FREE SERVICE FOR RACERS

Front Page | Archive | Drivers| Tracks | History | Series | Events | Got News? | Message Board |
|Columns | MotorHeads | Classifieds | Links | Weather |Search | Letters | Audio | Photo Gallery





Race Results
 Auburndale Winter Series Underway

 Randy Korte Storms to Front For Crate Late Model Win

 Korte Kaptures Krate Kash

 Mathews & Beck Top Friday Night East Bay Mains

 Cooper Tops USA Modified Special Show

 Santos Wins PRA Event at USA International

 Hendry County Back In Action

 Big night for Kile at Charlotte County

 Brandon Johnson wins Hopkins Family Truckers 200 at SpeedWorld

 Schrader Leads East Bay Win Parade

 David Wilson Takes First Win, Choquette Secures Championship

 FAST Results From Charlotte County

 Campi Grabs Two Wins in Trucks, Morris Gets Late Model Victory

 Neumann & Cannon Share Citrus Twin 50 Mod Wins

 East Bay Welcomes December With Warm Hearts and Hot Racing

 James Wright III Gets Auburndale Road Warrior Win

 David Wilson tops AACS at Desoto Super Speedway

 Staropoli Wins Race, Morales gets 2006 Pro Truck Championship at New Smyrna Speedway

 Brandon Johnson tops 75 lap Enduro at SpeedWorld

 Larson captures FMSC Win at New Smyrna Speedway;Thornton Takes Championship!

 Scofield Wins 2006 Governors Cup

 Doug Moff big LLM Winner at Desoto

 Nosbisch returns to East Bay Victory Lane

 Scofield wins 41st Annual Governor's Cup 200 and 2006 Sunbelt Super Late Model Championship

 Auburndale Results

 Danny Anderson Wins DeSoto Trucks; Late Gets Late Model Win

 NOSBISCH RETURNS TO EAST BAY VICTORY LANE

 Sarppraicone "Jr" Makes Tire Gamble Pay Off, Wins Q Auto and Injury OWM "Race of Champions"

 Bruce Durden leads Wire to Wire to Take Sprint Feature Win

 Seven Championships decided at Citrus Saturday in Season Finale

 

Citrus County Speedway

Southern Short Track Stock Car Racing




Motorheads Directory of MotorSports


 Columns & Editorials

April 15, 2001

Don't Short Change Your Safety

By Jane Smith
Last night was not a full moon but looking at the message boards, there were quite a few full moon accidents. All seemed to hit the walls very hard. And we all found that the walls don't move, only the drivers and their heads move.
No one wants a driver hurt. No one wants to see a helicopter fly in and a roof cut off a car. Last night at New Smyrna Speedway in the first feature race of the night and in the last lap, Justin Henderson was fighting for his first win. He had the pole and he did a great job keeping the lead but coming out of turn 3, his car got a real bad push, he tried to correct it and thought he had it and he and the other lead car touched just enough that Justin hit the wall extremely hard and on the driver's side.

From that hit, everyone seemed to know that he had to be out. The safety guy got there first, then the track officials, EMT's, flagman, everyone. It was obvious to everyone in the pits and the stands, things were not right. A crowd gather above the pit wall watching as they started to cut him out. More emergency vehicles arrived, more guys worked on him, and last the helicopter flew in.

This scene is not one any of us want to see but when it is someone you know and really care about, it is the hardest thing to do which is stay out of the way, stand back and wait. What seemed like forever really wasn't but finally they got Justin out of the car, on a backboard and strapped down and on that helicopter with our pick-up not far behind it on the ground.

Luckily, Justin had no broken bones. His safety harness had done it's job well. What they thought was a broken collarbone was a really bad bruise from that harness taking care of Justin. His helmet had some window netting in it and scratching from the wall but it too did it's job. The car that was now a pile of sheet metal had done it's job safety wise and protected the person that was in it.

When a dirt driver from Volusia Speedway Park was brought in while we were still there, what the nurse had said really hit home, DON'T EVER SHORT CHANGE YOUR SAFETY. Both drivers had hit walls, hard, full force. But luckily, both did not short change the one thing that can and does save your life - your safety measures.

Daryl Shelnut was hurt at Hialeah and a driver at Charlotte County and two here. But we can still write about them, they are still with us. Their cars may be in shambles, completely totaled but they aren't.

Please, check your helmets and your harnesses and make sure your rollcages are the best. You are the most important person in the world to someone, make sure you are there for them. Don't short change your safety.

Jane


Have an opinion on this story? Post a message on our Message Board!
or send a letter to the editor!




 

  COMING EVENTS


COLUMNS
 O'Reilly Southern All Star Dirt Racing Series Fast Facts, Talladega

 A Simple "Thanks" Will Help

 My Hope for 2008

 Short Track Racing is Going to the Dogs

 The Big Showdown That Never Happened

 Avoiding the Summertime Rainouts

 Is Racing Clean And Sober?

 Is Florida Speedway Co-operation All That Important?

 "Bathroom Wall" Revisited

 Wrecks, Black Flags, O My!


[an error occurred while processing this directive]

[an error occurred while processing this directive]


 
Copyright© KARNAC.com 1997-2006 KARNAC.com and SHORT TRACK AMERICA is electronically published by KARNAC MEDIA. The KARNAC© name, logo and trademarks are owned by and used with the permission of KARNAC MEDIA. Reproduction or republishing in whole or part for inclusion in any work is strictly prohibited without prior written permission of the electronic publisher.