O’Reilly’s All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint car series had just entered a brutal swing of racing with four nights of racing over seven days, including two races in Canada. Starting on Friday, July 1 at KC Raceway near Chillicothe, Ohio where an opportunistic Dale Blaney who took over the lead when Tim Shaffer spun while leading the race. The next race was scheduled at Knoxville Raceway followed by two across the border in Canada.
On July 4th at Canada’s Autodrome Granby, the evening got underway on a bad note when Jack Sodeman Jr’s Sprint car began flipping and ended up outside the track after clearing the catch fence during qualifying.
Reports have stated that Sodeman had several injuries bruised lungs and a shin injury. According to Sodeman’s niece, Taylor Smith, “My Uncle Jack is doing ok…He had surgery early this morning [Tuesday, July 5th] on his right shin bone. He has rods, screws, and pins in it, or as he put it on the phone “I look like a bionic robot”. He does have some swelling around his eyes because of the hard crash and his lungs are bruised a little. His head, neck, and back all checked out fine. He is very lucky and had God watching over him last night and we are all thankful for that.”
The evening’s program continued with Fred Rahmer setting the fast time in qualifying with a 15.551 recorded lap time. This put Rahmer into the first 8 lap heat race, which he won. By all rights, Rahmer was the man to beat having set the quick time and taking the win in his heat race.
The main event showed how strong Rahmer’s car was as he worked his way to a half lap lead and was working through lap traffic. Coming to the white flag lap, Rahmer’s car was closing in on lap traffic. Rahmer looked to drive his car in a hole between the two cars when contact was made with his left rear wheel and the front right wheel of the car on the bottom of the track. Rahmer’s car began to cartwheel violently down the straight-away, coming to a stop in near the entrance of the first turn.
Rahmer check himself out of the hospital in Quebec on Tuesday afternoon with an MRI schedule for sometime on Wednesday. Rahmer sustained chest injuries, an eye injury and a concussion in the crash. Everyone at OneDirt.com would like to wish both Rahmer and Sodeman Jr. a speedy recovery.
Watch the video of Rahmer’s crash here:
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