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Gasser driver Art Copeland airlifted to hospital

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to the Southeast Gassers Association Facebook page, driver Art Copeland was airlifted to a hospital. The incident happened at Wilksboro Dragway in Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

We do not have much information on the extent of his injuries outside of what was said in the Facebook post.

Air Ambulance
Air Ambulance (Photo by Pixabay)

“It’s 1:30 am Sunday Morning and I just returned Home from Wilksboro Dragway where we had a terrible accident happen with Art Copeland rolling his Race Car over 3 times at the Finish Line,” the Facebook post said. “myself (Rocky Platt), Paul the Track Owner and a couple of the track Safety Personnel were the first ones to get to him and it was not good but Art was breathing, talking and even wanting to crawl out of his car while it was still on its side but the incredible Firemen, EMT’S, Track Personnel, Sammy Gable and others (removed) Art safely and airlifted (him) to a Hospital in Winston Salem that has one the top Trauma Units in the country. Yes, he he has some serious injuries but is going to be OK and how I know that is at 10:30 this evening (Saturday night) my phone rang and Art’s name popped up and yes it was him on the line calling from his hospital bed after surgery wanting to talk.

“To be honest, I didn’t know to cry or laugh and smile but the good Lord took care of our Friend and Racer and he will live to Race again and go on with life. One last thing that Art said to me before we hung up was I’m sorry for messing the Race and Show up and like Quain Stott said that is the kind of man Art is and in a laughing way Quain said he made the show Art’s way. Continue to say a prayer for Art for a full recovery and a return to Racing with the Greatest Family Association in the World the Southeast Gassers Association!🙏🙏🙏”

This was the second incident that we know of where a person had to be airlifted from a track. In Arkansas, a track owner Paul Tribble was injured when a car left the track and hit him.

The owner of Old No. 1 Speedway had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital.

“Thank you for all the calls, texts & messages,” Old No. 1 Speedway said in a Facebook post. “As soon as we know something, we will make a post to update everyone all at once. We appreciate all of our fans & racers!”

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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