Family: Sprint Car driver Dave Darland suffers stroke in Indiana

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Sprint Car veteran Dave Darland was going to compete on Friday night. However, he experienced a medical emergency before he was able to strap into his car to compete.

He was scheduled to compete at Bloomington (Indiana) Speedway. He got confused and his family was able to found the National Sprint Car Hall of Famer in Indianapolis, according to his son Trenton.

Dave Darland
Dave Darland (Photo by Dave Darland/Facebook)

“The ER doctor did a CT scan of his brain Friday night and determined that a small blood clot had traveled from his heart to deep in the middle of his brain,” the statement said online released by Trenton on his father’s social media accounts. “He has no outward signs of a stroke but does have some confused… He was his usual self this morning, gulped down his breakfast, and of course, wants to go home.

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“When we met the neurologist, he was pleased with dad’s improvements. “He still has a little stumbling of words and [trouble with] memory, but the doctors say that he should continue to improve daily. We ‘re thankful we found him in time and got immediate care for him. At this time, we just ask for continued prayers for a quick recovery.”

Darland will go through further evaluations in the coming days before doctors will determine if he will be cleared to leave.

The 54-year-old — who will turn 55 in September — is the winningest driver in USAC Sprint Car history with 62 wins. He is just one of two USAC drivers, who surpassed 50 wins, as Tom Bigelow has won 52 events.

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Darland was inducted into the 2017 National Sprint Car Hall of Fame in 2017. In 2015, he was named the receipt of the Thomas J. Schmeh Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Sport.

He is a multiple-time Indiana Sprintweek Champion. He also won several USAC National Midget Series Championships.

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