ARCA Series driver Brad Smith is recovering from surgery following a wreck in Friday’s International Motorsports Hall of Fame 200 race at Talladega Superspeedway.
Smith, 46, of Shelby Township, Mich., underwent surgery on a fractured left ankle overnight at University of Alabama-Birmingham Medical Center, according to a Saturday morning statement released by ARCA officials. Smith also suffered a laceration to the same ankle.
Smith was awake, alert and in stable condition Saturday morning, ARCA officials said. He is expected to remain in the hospital for further observation and treatment for an undetermined period of time.
Driving for Hylton Motorsports, Smith was involved in a wreck on Lap 53 of the race. He was unable to avoid the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self.
Smith exited the wrecked vehicle under his own power, was taken to the infield care center and then transported by helicopter to UAB Medical Center, about 45 miles away.
A series veteran with 259 career starts, Smith’s tenure in ARCA dates back 27 years, to his first start in 1988.
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Defending MotoGP series champion Marc Marquez underwent a second surgery Monday after a titanium plate inserted in his fractured right arm sustained damage. The Repsol Honda Team said in a statement that it’ll be two days before the recovery period is determined.
Marquez was injured during a crash in the July 19 season opener. He underwent an initial surgery July 21 in Barcelona, and doctors said there was no nerve damage.
The eight-time champion was cleared to race in the season’s second event Jerez. But Marquez decided to skip the July 26 race after experiencing discomfort while riding the No. 93 bike in a July 25 practice.
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He had planned to race in Sunday’s grand prix at the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic in hopes of returning to defend his title. His status for Sunday apparently will be unclear until at least Wednesday.
In a statement Monday, the team said the titanium plate in Marquez’s right arm successfully was replaced after stress accumulation. Marquez will stay in the hospital for two days recovering.
Dr Xavier Mir, who performed the surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus, said in the release that “Marc Marquez underwent surgery 13 days ago and today he returned to the operating room. The first operation was successful, what was not expected was that the plate was insufficient. An accumulation of stress in the operated area has caused the plate to suffer some damage, so today the titanium plate has been removed and replaced by a new fixation.
“The rider has not felt pain during this period. He has always followed the medical advice given and the feeling from his body. Unfortunately, an overstress has caused this issue. Now we have to wait 48 hours to understand the recovery time.”