Brad Smith was transported by helicopter to the UAB Medical Center for further evaluation after a crash during Friday’s ARCA race at Talladega Superspeedway. ARCA later announced that Smith suffered a fractured left ankle in the Lap 53 incident.
Smith, 46, couldn’t avoid the spinning car of Austin Wayne Self in the tri-oval and slammed into the vehicle. Smith’s car continued down the track and through the apron, slamming an inside wall, protected by a SAFER barrier, before careering back up the track before coming to rest near the inside wall. Smith was helped out of his car and limped to a gurney.
Smith, who is from Shelby Township, Mich., drives for James Hylton. Smith finished a career-high 11th in points last season despite not competing in five races.
A crash with 10 laps left eliminated points leader Grant Enfinger, Will Kimmel and Clay Campbell, president of Martinsville Speedway. Enfinger got tapped from behind by Frank Kimmel and hit the wall on the backstretch, triggering the incident.
Blake Jones scored his first career victory when leader Tom Hessert ran out of fuel on the final lap. The 18-year-old Jones, who drives for Cunningham Motorsports, finished ahead of pole-sitter Cody Coughlin, Cole Powell and Brandon Jones. Russ Dugger finished fifth. Hessert finished 15th.