Corey Gronewold & Kelvan Lansink: Rough Wreck

Corey Gronewold & Kelvan Lansink: Rough Wreck

The cars of Corey Gronewold (left) and Kelvan Lansink (right) collided during the IMCA hobby stock heat race at Worthington Speedway in Minnesota.

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“We were coming out of turn two onto the backstretch,” Gronewold, of Worthington, Minnesota, said. “I thought I had cleared everyone when my car was tagged in the rear. That caused a ping-pong effect — cars got together and were going everywhere.”

Gronewold has raced hobby stocks for 17 years. Lansink is a rookie in the division.

“It was my third race at Worthington Speedway,” said Lansink, of Primghar, Iowa. “Another car hit mine and [my car] went straight into the wall in front of the track’s work area. In my head, all I could see were the people standing there watching the race. I did not want to hit them. My friends, family, and my girlfriend were standing there.”

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Both cars remained on the track. Gronewold’s ride hit a large tractor tire while Lansink’s bounced along the wall.

Both drivers emerged from their cars unhurt.

Gronewold repaired his car in time to run the feature. He replaced both upper A-frames, ball joints, and tie-rod ends. He started 19th and worked his way up to seventh before a broken fan belt ended his night early.

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Corey Gronewold sat in an Ultra Shield Race Products full-containment seat, with a Simpson five-point harness. He wore a Simpson helmet paired with a Simpson Hybrid head-and-neck restraint. Gronewold drove a car built by Medieval Chassis.

Kelvan Lansink also sat in an Ultra Shield Race Products full-containment seat, with a Simpson five-point harness. His helmet and head-and-neck restraint came from Zamp Racing. Lansink’s ride, a 2015 car built by Kappler Fabrication, required attention after the crash.

“The chassis is bent,” Lansink said. “We’ll have a bit of work to do. Everything from the doors forward was damaged or destroyed.”

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