On Monday night, Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s niece was involved in a terrifying crash during a USAC Racing midget car event Tuesday night at Red Dirt Raceway in Oklahoma.
Karsyn Elledge, driving the No. 1 car, entered Turn 3 with a high rate of speed and began to tumble.
She had enough momentum to carry her over the short wall on the turn as she flew out of the track and into the brush surrounding the track.
The race immediately halted as drivers and race organizers rushed to her.
Elledge, though, is as tough as they come and was able to walk away from the crash under her own power.
— USAC Racing (@USACNation) July 10, 2019
Elledge released a statement after the accident:
“Tonight I am so very thankful that all my safety equipment did its job and that my team built a safe car. Thank you to everyone who’s reached out, I am sore, but most hurt is my pride. I give it my all every night and I hate that I let everyone down. This sport is so humbling and I hope that we can put all this behind us and continue moving forward. Thank you to everyone who’s continued to support me,” she said in a statement.
— Karsyn Elledge (@KarsynElledge3) July 10, 2019
Thankfully she was okay.