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Facing more surgery, fan back at track

- The Associated Press
Sunday, Nov. 01, 2009

Blake Bobbitt returned to Talladega on Sunday, six months after being seriously injured during Carl Edwards' last-lap crash during the spring race.

The Alabama teen's jaw was crushed when debris from Edwards' last-lap wreck struck her as she sat in the grandstands. She had surgery and lost several teeth before spending several weeks with her jaw wired shut. She'll need another surgery.

Bobbitt visited with Edwards – now an occasional text-message buddy – in his hauler, then was escorted to the drivers' meeting by track president Rick Humphrey.

She chatted briefly with NASCAR president Mike Helton before meeting Bobby Labonte while television crews documented her every move.