Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Street Outlaws’ Wayne Smozanek ‘hour by hour’ in the hospital

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the wife of Street Outlaws driver Wayne Smozanek, he is fighting for his life right now. And things have taken a turn for the worse.

Smozanek, according to his wife Wendy, has been battling COVID-19 for three weeks. He went into the hospital with the virus right before Christmas.

Street Outlaws competitor Wayne Smozanek gives a thumbs up from inside his race car
Wayne Smozanek gives a thumbs up from inside his race car (Photo by Wendy Smozanek/Facebook)

Things took a turn for the worse on Tuesday morning. He has been place on a ventilator.

“We have been assured by his nurse, nurse practitioner, and doctor that he is stable and resting comfortably,” Wendy Smozanek said in a Facebook post. “He is heavily sedated. It is seriously hour by hour. COVID is a disease that goes through phases of ups and downs constantly, hourly, and daily. Wayne was struggling to breathe on the biPAP and they thought it was best to let him rest and let the vent do the work as scary as that sounds.

“I am phyiscally and emotionally exhausted. I will do my best to keep all of you updated. Prayers are needed.”

Smozanek made his first appearance on the show during 2020 or 2021 Mega Cash Days filming. He then was a member of the 2021 Street Outlaws No Prep Kings tour.

Smozanek is the third Street Outlaws cast member who has had COVID-19 that went into the hospital due to it. Chuck Seitsinger and Mike Murillo previously beat it.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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  1. That’s awful news! Sorry to hear it, because he seems like such a nice guy. I noticed he appeared to shed a bit of weight throughout the season, but still not in the best of shape.

    Sending up prayers! Get well soon, Wayne, and switch over to a pro-charger. Those darn blower belts are the weakest link on your hot rod.

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