Cameron McAdoo is as ‘tough as a $2 steak’ after massive Supercross crash in Atlanta

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Cameron McAdoo finished third in the second round of a three-race residency at Atlanta Motor Speedway and stood on the podium for the sixth time in seven 250 West races, but the mere mention of his finishing result buries the lead of his wicked crash.

Still, it provides some symmetry because in the opening laps of Round 14, McAdoo buried his face in a tunnel jump.

A written description will not do justice to his accident, but the stage must be set.

Running fifth at the time, McAdoo got off rhythm in a series of jumps leading to the tunnel turn, and slammed head-on into the ramp. His foot caught on the peg and fender of his Kawasaki. The momentum of the bike carried him onto the tabletop and flipped him forward like a rag doll. The hard impact stunned the rider, but also gave him a charley horse that momentarily rendered his legs useless.

McAdoo lay on the edge of the ramp as medical staff rushed to his side and the entire field rolled past – covering him in rooster tails of dust. His title hopes were seemingly over.

Still wobbly, McAdoo needed help down the ramp. That necessitated a red flag.

But once he got to the bottom of the ramp and saw that his mangled bike was still operational, he was heard over an open mic on Peacock TV pleading his case to be allowed to remount the No. 31.

Mechanics used duct tape and zip ties to repair McAdoo’s Kawasaki as medical staff looks on. Feld Entertainment Inc.

“I hit my leg really bad and I couldn’t move it,” McAdoo said during the post race press conference. “I was struggling to get my leg back moving and I was doing my best to get up. I was wanting to go back to my bike.

“I had the medics tell me: ‘no, you probably shouldn’t.’ They helped me down the jump. I got back to my bike when they red flagged (the race) and rode back.”

Now that he could stand again and his bike was functional, McAdoo underwent evaluation for a head injury. He passed.

And since the race was red flagged with less that three laps complete, a full restart was required. Mechanics used duct tape and zip ties to piece the mangled bike together.

When the gate dropped for the restart, McAdoo was back on board. He led briefly on Lap 1 and settled into a top three position, where he remained until the checkers waved.

With handlebars that were rolled back and bent, McAdoo did not know the extent of the damage until he rounded the first turn. It took a little bit longer for him to assess the damage to his body.

“About five minutes in when the adrenalin wore off, I realized just how beat up I was,” McAdoo said. “I’m pretty sore now.”

NBC Sports analyst Ricky Carmichael summed up his effort best in a tweet: “Cameron McAdoo is as tough as $2 steak,” he wrote.

Fellow Kawasaki rider Adam Cianciarulo knows a little something about toughness as well. After several falls to start the Supercross season, he was eventually sidelined by a crash in Round 8 at Orlando.

“Put some respect on his name!” Cianciarulo tweeted after the race.

McAdoo and Cianciarulo are training partners.

“I know I can ride with what I’ve got (for injuries),” McAdoo said. “I’ve got a pretty beat up leg and my groin’s not good.

“We’ve got three or four days to do as much therapy as possible to get back going.”

“Supercross is one of the gnarliest sports on the planet,” McAdoo wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday night I pushed myself to a new limit trying to achieve a goal.

“I’m excited to have another shot this Saturday.”

Carmichael offered an extended analysis of McAdoo’s crash during Wednesday night’s episode of NASCAR America, which you can watch by clicking here or on the video at the top of the story (Carmichael appears around the 12:30-minute mark).

Kyle Busch interests McLaren for Indy 500, but team is leaning toward experience

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With Arrow McLaren SP heavily weighing a fourth car for the Indy 500 next year, Kyle Busch is a candidate but not at the top of the IndyCar team’s list.

McLaren Racing CEO Zak Brown addressed the possibility Wednesday morning during a video news conference with Gavin Ward, the team’s newly named racing director.

“I have not personally spoken with Kyle Busch, but you can read into that that someone else in our organization has,” Brown said. “We want to make sure if we run a fourth car, we’re in the mindset that we want someone that is experienced around the 500. It’s such an important race, and from a going for the championship point of view, we’ve got three drivers that we want to have finish as strong as possible, so if we ran a fourth car, we’d want to be additive, not only for the fourth car itself, but to the three cars and so bringing in someone who’s not done it before potentially doesn’t add that value from an experience point of view.”

Busch will race the No. 8 Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing next season in NASCAR under a new deal that will allow the two-time Cup Series champion to make his Indy 500 debut. Busch, who had a previous deal to run the Indy 500 nixed by Joe Gibbs Racing, openly courted Chevy IndyCar teams to contact him during his introductory news conference with RCR last month.

After Team Penske (which has given no indications of a fourth car at Indy alongside champion Will Power, Josef Newgarden and Scott McLaughlin), McLaren is the second-best Chevy organization, and it’s fielded an extra Indy 500 car the past two years for Juan Pablo Montoya. The Associated Press reported last month that McLaren was in “serious conversation” about running Busch at Indy with Menards sponsorship.

But with its restructured management, the team is in the midst of significant expansion for 2023. AMSP is adding a third full-time car for 2016 Indy 500 winner Alexander Rossi to team with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist, and a massive new shop also is being built in the Indianapolis area.

“(It’s) not because of him but purely because of experience,” Brown said of Busch. “He’s an awesome talent and would be huge, huge news for the speedway. But yeah, I think everyone is under consideration if we decide to do it, but experience is right at the top of the list as far as what’s going to be the most important to us.”

And it seems likely there will be a veteran joining Rossi, O’Ward and Rosenqvist at the Brickyard.

“A fourth car at the 500 is very much under consideration,” Brown said. “I wouldn’t even want to get ahead of ourselves, but we wouldn’t be ruling out a fourth car in the future on a full-time basis. That definitely wouldn’t be for ’23. But as we expand the team and get into larger facilities and things of that nature, it’s something that Gavin and I have spoken about.

“I think we would be in a position to run a fourth car at the 500 this upcoming year. If we do decide to do that, we’ll make that decision soon for maximum preparation, and I would say we’re open minded to a fourth car in ’24 and beyond and probably will make that decision middle of next year in time to be prepared if we did decide to do that.”

Brown also addressed the future of Alex Palou, who will be racing for Chip Ganassi Racing next season after also signing a deal with McLaren. Though Brown declined to get into specifics about whether Palou had signed a new deal, he confirmed Palou will continue to test “our Formula One car from time to time.

“Everyone has reached an amicable solution,” Brown said. “We’ve now had Alex in our Formula One car as we have Pato. That will continue in the future, which we’re quite excited about. At this point we’re laser-focused on 2023 and glad to have the noise behind us and now just want to put our head down and get on with the job with the three drivers we have.”