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Blaine Perkins Taken to Hospital After Multi-Rollover Wreck

NASCAR Xfinity Series driver Blaine Perkins was taken to a local hospital after being involved in a violent crash during Saturday’s Ag-Pro 300 at Talladega Superspeedway.

Perkins’ family, through NASCAR, released a statement on Sunday saying that, “Blaine is alert, in good spirits, and continues to be observed at a local hospital. We appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers. We will continue to provide updates as they are available.”

Perkins’ No. 02 barrel rolled down the Talladega Superstretch on the event’s 47th lap, rolling over six times after contact from the rear by Jade Buford in reaction to a spin by Dexter Stacey, who spun to the inside, making hard contact with the inside wall.

The wreck brought out the red flag for 12 minutes as track safety crews cleaned up the damage from the race’s second on-track caution.

“Just got free and took the air from me and I got sideways,” Stacey said. “I couldn’t cut it back and just hit the wall hard,”

Kaz Grala was also caught up in the incident, with a tire coming off Perkins’ car and hitting the front end of Grala’s machine.

Fox and the series itself reported that Perkins, who got out of the car under his own power, was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation.

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Carl D.

This race had some of the worst looking crashes I’ve seen in a while. Hits were hard, and I’m sure some drivers are pretty sore this morning. I do wish there wasn’t so much carnage, as there were some really good cars that wrecked out of the event. The wrecks marred a decent race, but that’s restrictor plate (“tapered spacer”) racing, huh?

Last edited 5 months ago by Carl D.