Three Spectators Injured at Volusia Speedway Park

By BILL FOLEY

A serious accident at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night injured three fans.

On the second lap restart of the Sprint feature event turn two got extremely crowded and it appeared four wide and contact ensued between several cars.

A triple flip ensued with Rico Abreu, Dale Blaney and Jason Sides machines flying through the air. Blaney was launched in such a way that it sent him through the fence and into an area occupied by some spectators adjacent to the pit grandstands.

Track emergency crews immediately responded to the scene and eventually a medi-vac helicopter landed on the back stretch. Unfortunately, fans were injured. Numerous outside agencies including the Volusia County Sheriff Department and Florida Highway Patrol were on the scene as well as a medi-vac helicopter.




Volusia County Sheriff Department tweeted information about the accident which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. at the race facility

The County Sheriff release noted, “A race car through the fence tonight at Volusia Speedway Park, Barberville. Three bystanders were transported, two as trauma alerts to Halifax Health.“9

DIRTCar Nationals released a statement, shortly after 11 p.m., saying “Three participants in the pit area were injured in an incident at the DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night when a car went through the fence in turn two. All patients were treated and transported to Halifax Medical Center.”

Hoosier Midwest / Allgaier Shocks Employee Injured at Florida Speedweeks

I have been receiving a lot of requests on how people can help Kelly and his family monetarily, Several ways to help:

1. You can send a check made out to KELLY KOVSKI Medical Recovery Fund to us at Hoosier Tire Midwest 3886 E. St. Rt. 54 Springfield, Illinois 62707

2. You can visit the youcaring account page that I have established for Kelly at https://www.youcaring.com/kellyandmandykovskiandfamily-7625…

3. A group of Kelly’s friends are working on organizing a benefit fundraiser, details will be announced as soon as a date and location have been finalized. There will be a auction at this event, if you have auction items you can contact us to arrange to have them picked up or you can drop them off at Hoosier Tire Midwest.

Your prayers are also much needed as Kelly has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

UPDATE 2/26/17

Hoosier Midwest / Allgaier Shocks Employee Injured at Florida Speedweeks

I have been receiving a lot of requests on how people can help Kelly and his family monetarily, Several ways to help:

1. You can send a check made out to KELLY KOVSKI Medical Recovery Fund to us at Hoosier Tire Midwest 3886 E. St. Rt. 54 Springfield, Illinois 62707

2. You can visit the youcaring account page that I have established for Kelly at https://www.youcaring.com/kellyandmandykovskiandfamily-7625…

3. A group of Kelly’s friends are working on organizing a benefit fundraiser, details will be announced as soon as a date and location have been finalized. There will be a auction at this event, if you have auction items you can contact us to arrange to have them picked up or you can drop them off at Hoosier Tire Midwest.

Your prayers are also much needed as Kelly has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

UPDATE 2/25/17
Just got word from Kelly’s family that Kelly is off of the ventilator now and according to the nurse is doing very well with breathing! This is such good news on a Saturday morning!

UPDATE 2/24/17
Kelly is out of surgery. He did well. We can’t see him yet. He needed some blood at the beginning but no complications. His anesthesia will wear off tomorrow and if his lungs are doing good they will take him off the ventilator. There was one bone that was worse than they thought, which could’ve been really bad if we made a different choice so we made the right decision. Thank you Jesus! Praise the Lord! Thank you all for all your prayers. Please continue them as these next 3-5 days are crucial with any possible complications. Now Justin Allgaier and Grant Enfinger go win these races for Kelly!

UPDATE 2/20/17 12:41pm

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – Volusia Speedway Park staff and management worked through the night Sunday to provide support to the family and friends of the participants involved in the incident in the pit area outside of Turn 2 during the World of Outlaws feature event portion of the program and to further evaluate all aspects of the situation.
Prior to the 46th annual running of the DIRTcar Nationals, the safety measures in place at the speedway have done their job. Under its current ownership since 2005, no race car has compromised a catch fence at the speedway. The safety arrangement in Turns 1 and 2 at Volusia Speedway Park includes an earthen reinforced steel guardrail on the racing surface, a buffer area and a cable reinforced steel catch fence.
The catch fence protecting the pit area at the exit of Turn 2 utilizes a different configuration than that which is used around the balance of the facility. In addition to repairing the catch fence, the pit area closest to the racing surface in Turn 2 will be closed to all competitors, participants and officials for the remaining six nights of racing. While not affected by the incident Sunday night, a small set of bleachers intended for use by competitors and crew members that would have fallen within the restricted area has also been removed.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the members of our racing family injured Sunday night, and we are encouraged by the reports of the excellent care they are receiving at Halifax,” said Brian Carter, CEO of Volusia Speedway Park.  “We have implemented additional safety measures and are very proud of our emergency medical personnel and their response to the incident.”

UPDATE 2/20/17 11:15am

Hoosier Midwest / Allgaier Shocks Statement on our Employee Injured at Florida Speedweeks

BARBERVILLE, FLA. – Three participants in the pit area were injured in an incident at a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at Volusia Speedway Park Sunday night when a car went through the fence in turn two. All were treated by emergency personnel immediately according to safety protocol and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Our Springfield Store Manager Kelly Kovski was among those injured in the mishap. In addition to his own racing career, Kelly is the Crew Chief for Justin Allgaier Motorsports and oversees daily operations of ALLGAIER Racing Shocks. He is being treated at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, FL. and is listed in stable condition.

The family requests privacy at this time and appreciates all prayers and well wishes. They would also like to thank the first responders and medical staff for their rapid response.

Justin will not compete in the remainder of the DIRTCar Nationals events this year and wishes to thank those teams and crew members who assisted in getting the car loaded so that everyone could get to the hospital to be with Kelly.

UPDATE 2/20/17 – 3:39am

We would like to extend a thank you for everyone’s thoughts and prayers for the three participants injured in the pit area Sunday night during the 46th running of the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Two of the three individuals remain in the care of medical staff at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. Each have family present at the hospital and have requested privacy at this time.

Mr. Gary Streek of the United Kingdom has been released.

A family member visiting one of the injured has since been admitted after experiencing some discomfort.

UPDATE 2/20/17 – 12:29am

Three participants in the pit area were injured in an incident at a DIRTcar Nationals World of Outlaws event at Volusia Speedway Park Sunday night when a car went through the fence in turn two. All were treated and transported to Halifax Health Medical Center.

First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the race fans. We were able to identify one of the participant as Mr. Gary Streek, from the United Kingdom. He is stable and visiting with family and friends.

Following the incident we responded appropriately and according to our safety protocol and had emergency personnel at the scene immediately.