Larry Pearson underwent surgery to set his left ankle Saturday night hours after a horrific crash during a charity ‘legends’ race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Pearson, son of NASCAR legend David Pearson, also suffered a broken hip and right hand when he was hit by Charlie Glotzbach with five laps to go in the 35 lap race.
The car driven by Pearson spun in turn two, seemingly harmlessly, but as the car came back down the track he was hit by Glotzbach who was at near full speed, in the driver’s door.
Both men were knocked unconscious and the Glotzbach car briefly got fire.
Glotzbach was able to walk away, gingerly and with assistance from his crumpled machine. Rescue workers however took about 20 minutes to extricate Pearson from his car cutting off the roof off and placing him on a backboard. By the time he was removed he was awake, alert and moving.
Track officials later confirmed Pearson’s injuries. Saturday night a Bristol Regional Medical Center spokesperson said Pearson had been admitted and was listed in fair condition, but added he was ‘awake, alert and in good spirits’.
Glotzbach also spent the night at the hospital for observation.
Rick Wilson won the race.
“Any time you get in a race car, you’ve got some risk to it,” Wilson said to the media after it was over. “It’s part of it. NASCAR and Bristol Motor Speedway do everything they can to make them safe. … It’s our choice.”
Larry Pearson’s family confirmed through track officials that the driver had a compound fracture of his left ankle, a fractured pelvis and a fractured right hand. He was to have surgery late Saturday.
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