Thursday, January 15, 2009

Tim McCreadie Injured at Chili Bowl!

Former World of Outlaws Late Model Series Champion Tim McCreadie Suffers Back Injury In Crash At Chili Bowl Midget Nationals
TULSA, OK – Jan. 15, 2009 – Former World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion and longtime Advance Auto Parts Super DIRTcar Modified Series competitor Tim McCreadie suffered a back injury in a wild crash Wednesday night during the 23rd annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals at Tulsa Expo Raceway.

McCreadie, 34, of Watertown, N.Y., was found to have a fractured T-3 vertebra and floating bone fragments in his back after flipping over the turn-one fence of the indoor one-fifth-mile dirt track while leading the night’s first ‘A’ qualifier. The rearend of McCreadie’s Midget broke right-of-center as he set the car into the first corner, sending him into a high-flying series of flips that ended with his machine landing upside down on a parked Bobcat vehicle and then falling to the concrete floor on its frame rails.

McCreadie was recuperating on Thursday afternoon in a Tulsa hospital. His close friend, USAC’s James Spink, accompanied McCreadie to the hospital and reported that the superstar driver was “extremely sore” but otherwise in good spirits.

A local specialist who examined McCreadie said he did not think the bone fragments are an issue and surgery likely won’t be necessary, but USAC’s Jason Smith contacted Dr. Terry Trammell, the renowned Indianapolis-based Orthopedic Surgeon who has helped many injured drivers over the years, for a second opinion. Trammell was expected to review an MRI of McCreadie’s back and talk with doctors in Tulsa late Thursday afternoon.

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