August 9, 1990 |
Veteran Indy-car driver Al Unser was released today from an Indianapolis hospital, where he had been treated for injuries suffered last week in Michigan. Jon White, a spokesman for Methodist Hospital, said Unser flew home to Albuquerque, N.M., on a private jet. The four-time Indianapolis 500 winner suffered a broken thigh and collarbone and three cracked ribs in a crash during practice at the Michigan International Speedway last Thursday. His son, Al Unser Jr.
June 21, 1986 |
A race car driver who was injured seriously in a racing accident one week ago has suffered extensive brain damage, a W.A. Foote Memorial Hospital doctor said Friday. Rick Baldwin, 31, of Corpus Christi, Tex., suffered head injuries and bruises when his car ran into a wall June 14 during qualifying for the Miller American 400 stock car race at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. Tests on Baldwin at the hospital in Jackson revealed the presence of extensive brain dysfunction, Dr.
July 31, 1994 |
Mark Martin wasn't concerned that Al Unser Jr. was charging ahead of him Saturday at the conclusion of the 18th International Race of Champions at Michigan International Speedway. Martin knew that a second-place finish would earn him the $200,000 IROC champion's bonus, so he held his line and let Unser win a record eighth IROC race. Martin finished .347 seconds behind. "I knew if I tried to pass Al and something would have happened, it could have been ugly," Martin said.
August 20, 1990 |
Mark Martin's victory in the Champion Spark Plug 400 at Michigan International Speedway extended his lead in the NASCAR Winston Cup standings to 48 points over second-place Dale Earnhardt. Martin entered Sunday's race with a nine-point lead and now has 2,854 points to 2,806 for three-time Winston Cup champion Earnhardt, who finished eighth at Michigan. Geoff Bodine finished seventh and now trails Martin by 154 points with 2,700.
June 27, 1988
Rusty Wallace overcame a fuel miscalculation midway through the race and held off pole-sitter Bill Elliott Sunday to win the NASCAR Michigan 400 at Brooklyn, Mich. Wallace's Pontiac averaged 153.55 m.p.h. over 200 laps at Michigan International Speedway to break the race record of 153.485 set by David Pearson in 1973. Wallace finished .25 of a second ahead of Elliott. Wallace, 31, of St. Louis, ran out of gas on the 128th lap while he had a 12-second lead over Terry Labonte.
August 23, 1994 |
Injuries to stock car driver Ernie Irvan's lungs continued to improve Monday, but he remained unconscious on a ventilator two days after crashing during practice. Irvan hit a wall at 176 m.p.h. Saturday at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich. A NASCAR official said Irvan apparently ran over debris on the track that cut the right front tire on his Ford Thunderbird. Irvan, 35, crashed into the wall in Turn 2 and sustained severe brain and lung injuries. He has been unconscious since.