Earnhardt Jr. burned after crash

Posted: Monday, July 19, 2004

A fun weekend of racing for Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned frightening Sunday when a wreck during a warmup for an American Le Mans Series race turned his car into a fireball, leaving him hospitalized with burns on his face and legs.

Earnhardt's injuries were ''moderate-sized burns of moderate intensity,'' according to medical officials at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The ALMS said Earnhardt had second-degree burns on the insides of both legs and on his chin. The NASCAR star was flown to the University of California-Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, where he was expected to be kept overnight for observation.

''I'm bummed out and disappointed I couldn't run the race,'' Earnhardt said through a team spokesman.

Steve Crisp, a spokesman for Dale Earnhardt Inc., said Earnhardt was not badly injured. ''They've done the X-rays and there's no bones broken,'' Crisp said. ''He'll be fine.''

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