Versatile racer Bryan Clauson was listed in stable condition in a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska early Sunday morning after a horrific crash during the Belleville Nationals midget race in Belleville, Kansas Saturday night.
Clauson who has raced in NASCAR, IndyCar and several other racing series, started the USAC midget car race ninth in the feature. He had just passed Chad Boat for the lead of the race and was widening the gap when he came upon lapped traffic entering turn 3 on the half-mile dirt track. Clauson was up near the outside wall when he made contact with a lapped car. The car of Clauson was sent into a series of violent flips, as it was coming to rest near the exit of turn 4, another car hit Clauson’s machine at near full race speed.
It took rescue workers nearly 30-minutes to extract the 27-year old to extricate Clauson. According to law enforcement officials he was airlifted about 11:00 p.m. local time to Bryan Trauma Center in Lincoln, Nebraska and was unconscious, but breathing on his own.
Early Sunday morning a hospital spokesperson confirmed that Clauson was listed in stable condition after being upgraded from critical. No other updates would be provided the spokesperson added, citing privacy concerns.
Clauson had been involved in a crash Friday evening at the same track. He was uninjured in that incident. Chad Boat went on to win the event Saturday night. Clauson made 27 starts in NASCAR, one in the Cup series in 2008 and 26 in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. All his NASCAR starts came in 2007-2008.
Sunday afternoon the family tweeted an update indicating that Clauson’s condition had worsened:
— CupScene.com (@cupscene) August 7, 2016
Bryan Clauson was transported to Bryan Medical Center West in Lincoln, Nebraska. We will pass along any info received from his family.
— USAC Racing (@USACNation) August 7, 2016