After only 3 races I was involved in an accident that broke my wrist requiring surgery to put a very large screw in my wrist. The surgery went well and everyone at the surgery center in Fargo, ND was very cooperative and supportive of helping me get back into the seat. They had followed my career ever since I was racing at the local track, and knew how much it meant to me to get back in the seat as soon as possible. I had to have a custom brace made and when making my brace they allowed me to bring in a steering wheel so we could custom mold it so I could still get an “ok” grip on the wheel.
I didn’t miss a beat on the racing side of things, 10 days after my surgery I was back on the track. My first weekend back after the surgery wasn’t easy. I had to relearn everything I knew: how to grip the wheel, drive, react, etc. I tried to keep my head up, and stay confident. My team and my family were right by my side cheering me on and keeping me motivated. After 3 weeks of working through the soreness, stiffness, and the brace I again raced my way to a top 10(9th place) finish at South Boston. I can’t even tell you how excited I was! I told the guys “we’re back”! Being involved in racing is a challenge in itself but adding in a broken wrist and still racing with a big ole brace on makes for quite the test. Always repeating my motto “Never, ever, give up” and the encouragement from friends and family got me through the beginning of this ongoing injury.
Each weekend I continue to learn more, and improve every time I hit the track. We have had some great nights that unfortunately have ended early due to circumstances out of our hands. We haven’t gotten the finishes that we were on track to get but we are staying positive and learning from every situation. With the season half over and only 7 races left I cannot believe how fast it has flown by. I am focused on finishing this season and still achieving the goals that I had set at the beginning of the year, being Rookie of the Year, and a Top 10 finish in points. I know that with our continued hard work the #94 K&N, Lady Eagle, Bell Helmet, Sellers Racing, Late Model will have a great finish to the 2010 season.
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