March 21, 2010 by Post Team
Larry Pearson:According to ESPNanlyst Dr. Jerry Punch, who spoke with Pearson’s brothers, Ricky and Eddie Pearson, Larry Pearson regained consciousness before he was lifted out of the car on a backboard and transported by ambulance to a waiting helicopter.
Larry Pearson, son of three-time Cup Series champion David Pearson, was airlifted to a nearby hospital after a frightening crash Saturday during a legends race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Pearson, a two-time Nationwide Series champion, was knocked unconscious after the car of Charlie Glotzbach slammed into the driver’s-side door of Pearson’s late model stock car in Turn 2 at the high-speed .533-mile short track. Emergency workers extricated Pearson by cutting the roll cage of his car.
Punch said the brothers described Larry Pearson as “awake and alert.” Later in the evening, family members reported that Pearson remained awake and alert at Bristol Regional Medical Center and said that Pearson suffered a compound fracture to his left ankle and will undergo surgery Saturday night to repair the injury. Family members also said that Pearson has a fractured pelvis and a fractured right hand.
Through BMS spokesperson Lori Worley, hospital officials also confirmed that Glotzbach was listed as being in good condition.
David Pearson, who also was competing in the 35-lap event, withdrew from the race to visit his son in the hospital. The 71-year-old Glotzbach, clearly shaken up, walked gingerly away from his car after the accident and was taken immediately to the infield care center. After being examined there, he was also transported to a local hospital for further examination.
The 35-lap race between former NASCAR drivers, including Cale Yarborough, Dave Marcis, Harry Gant and others, was won by Rick Wilson, who passed Phil Parsons in the final laps after a long red-flag delay following the Pearson-Glotzbach incident. The legends race was not a NASCAR-sanctioned event.
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