Sprint cars are very unpredictable at times and can be involved in some spectacular accidents. This was certainly the case at Peoria Speedway when the Midwest Open Wheel Association took the track for their feature event. On only the 5th lap Andy Baugh seemed to have a stuck throttle in the middle of the corner. This caused his machine to pull a massive wheelstand coming out of the corner which carried him straight into the catch-fence. His car then goes through the fence and strikes a pickup truck in the pits which sends it back into the track.
The driver Andy Baugh was able to walk away from the incident but three people in the pit area were injured and taken to a local hospital. Two of these crew members were treated and released for minor injuries and a third crew member suffered a broken shoulder. The incident forced officials to cancel the rest of the night’s racing. This incident reminds everyone that you never know what to expect when sprint cars are on the track and if you think that you may be in harm’s way you should move or be ready to take cover. For more information on the Midwest Open Wheel Association fans can visit www.midwestopenwheel.com.