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NASCAR driver's wife hurt in track crash

- slyttle@charlotteobserver.com
Tuesday, Sep. 27, 2011

The wife of NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth was injured Monday evening in a crash at Charlotte Motor Speedway, during practice for a race next month featuring spouses and girlfriends of drivers.

Katie Kenseth crashed about 7 p.m. while driving a Bandolero car -- the type of vehicle she and other spouses and girlfriends of NASCAR drivers are scheduled to pilot Oct. 15 in the Better Half Dash at the speedway. That race will precede a 300-mile Nationwide Series race, one night before the Bank of America 500 Sprint Cup race.

The Bandolero cars are small race cars, typically used by beginners and featured every summer in a series of races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Kenseth's car crashed into a wall, and her husband, who was watching, rushed to the vehicle afterward.

Katie Kenseth was carried from the track on a stretcher and treated at a hospital afterward. Matt Kenseth sent out a tweet late Monday night, saying, "That didn't turn out so well. Katie and I are home, she has a broken scapula and some bumps and bruises. Thanks for all the well wishes."

Scapula is the medical term for the shoulder blade.

Later, Kenseth added, "She said that was the shortest racing career in history."

Kenseth's humor showed in a tweet he sent out Tuesday morning about his wife's condition.

"Katie is feeling pretty good today," he wrote. "And I got to learn something new -- how to put a bra ON!"

Matt Kenseth drives for the Roush Fenway Racing Team and ranks seventh in point standings for the Sprint Cup championship.

The Better Half Dash is a fund raising event for Speedway Children's Charities and for Motor Racing Outreach, a faith-based ministry of which Katie Kenseth is actively involved.

The Observer's Jim Utter contributed

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