Driver Derrick Lancaster on ventilator after car catches fire at Talladega

Driver Derrick Lancaster on ventilator after car catches fire at Talladega

ARCA driver Derrick Lancaster was placed on a ventilator at a local hospital and suffered burns after an accident when his car caught fire Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway, according to his wife.

Elizabeth Nunley Lancaster posted on social media that the 48-year-old driver would be on the ventilator for at least 48 hours as doctors assessed damage to his lungs. She said Lancaster had second- and third-degree burns to both arms, his neck and his face. Elizabeth Lancaster said there were no broken bones or bleeding.

Nascar earlier said Lancaster was taken to hospital for further evaluation. His car caught fire after hitting the wall following contact from Drew Dollar with five laps to go.

Lancaster, from Christiansburg, Virginia, lay on the ground after exiting his car while being checked out by Nascar’s safety workers. He walked with support to a stretcher. It was the second serious crash for Lancaster this season, after he suffered a skull fracture in a collision in Tennessee.

Eighteen-year-old Corey Heim won the race. The ARCA series acts as a feeder league into Nascar.

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