Three Spectators Hurt In Volusia Sprint Car Crash


BARBERVILLE, Fla. – Three spectators were transported to a local hospital after Dale Blaney’s sprint car flipped out of the track at Volusia Speedway Park on Sunday night.

Blaney was involved in an incident with Rico Abreu and Jason Sides early in Sunday’s World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series feature at the half-mile oval. Blaney’s sprint car flipped over the catch fence at the exit of turn two and into an area where spectators and crew members gather to watch the race.

Three spectators were injured in the crash according to a track official and they were all transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. One was transported via helicopter and the other two via ambulance. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that two of those transported were trauma alerts.

One of the spectators that was injured was identified by DIRTcar officials in a statement as Gary Streek, a native of the United Kingdom. Streek was later released from the hospital.

The other two spectators were identified by the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office as 35-year-old Kelly Kovski and 68-year-old Michael Brooks. Kovski, a veteran of 26 ARCA Racing Series events and Justin Allgaier’s UMP modified crew chief, was listed in stable condition while Brooks was listed in critical condition on Monday morning.

Allgaier will not compete in the remainder DIRTcar Nationals and Kovski’s family has requested privacy while he recovers from his injuries.

Blaney, Abreu and Sides all walked away from the incident and were not injured.

This is the second incident of a car flipping out of the track at Volusia Speedway Park less than a week. Joey Saldana’s car flipped over the fencing on the backstretch on Wednesday night and landed near spectators, but no one was injured.