Mitch Durham: Rebounding from a Bad Wreck

Mitch Durham: Rebounding from a Bad Wreck

Mitch Durham is now well on the road to recovery after a hard crash. It occurred on April 29 in the tuner feature at the 67 Speedway of Texarkana in Texas. He was making a move for fourth spot when disaster struck coming out of turn four.

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“I had a lapped car on the bottom, and another car above me on the track — there was nowhere to go,” Durham, of Simms, Texas, said. “I ramped tires with the car above me and that slammed me straight into the wall full-throttle.”

Durham landed upside-down.

“I blacked out at the moment of impact,” said Durham. “When I got my vision back, I undid my belts and window net, and slid out of the car on my belly.”

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What happened next concerned the track’s safety crew and onlookers.

“I sat up and went out,” Durham said. “The next thing I remember was being strapped to a backboard, with a neck collar on, in the back of an ambulance.”

Durham said he suffered injuries to his lower spine, neck, knee, and collarbone.

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“The good Lord was watching over me,” said Durham. “I had deep bruising and lots of pain. I’m still in pain, but I’m getting better day-by-day. The crash was not fun.”

Durham sat in a full-containment seat from Ultra Shield Race Products, with a five-point RaceQuip harness. He wore a Simpson helmet paired with a RaceQuip neck brace.

He deems his car, a Chevrolet Cavalier, destroyed. Durham said he’ll save the roll cage, seat, and right-rear safety hub. He’s currently shopping for a replacement car. Earlier this year, Mitch Durham won at Diamond Park Speedway in Nashville, Arkansas.

“I’m starting over from square one, so it will take me a few weeks to get back,” Durham said. “So many people have called and texted me. It meant a lot to me to know I have a great racing family looking out for me.”

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