OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – After a sprint car crash on Friday night left 18-year old Grady Chandler hospitalized with serious injuries, a group of racers and promoters has come together to create the Grady Chandler Benefit Race.
The event will be a POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League race, set for Saturday, Aug. 17 at I-44 Riverside Speedway.
Injured in a non-wing sprint car crash on Friday night at Creek County Speedway, Chandler suffered a severe neck injury with fractures to the C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae.
Surgery was performed on Saturday morning to stabilize the fractures.
An update from Chandler’s mother Sunday morning noted that he is alert and talking, but has yet to regain feeling from the chest down.
At just 17 years old, Chandler earned the 2017 POWRi Lucas Oil West Midget League championship with a campaign that included one win, eight top-five finishes and 11 top-ten results.
A local competitor with national talent and unmatched work ethic, one of Chandler’s most memorable moments came in Aug. of 2015, when he was leading at I-55 Raceway and was only a few laps away from his first-career POWRi National Midget victory when motor trouble shattered an otherwise impeccable night.
The Grady Chandler Benefit Race will also feature an auction, with all proceeds going towards the Chandler family. Those wishing to donate any items or help with the event should contact Eric Fenton at [email protected] or reach out to Stephanie Meents.
As Grady and his family head down the road to recovery, those interested in making donations to the Chandler family can do so at www.stevekingfoundation.com.
Donations tagged “Grady” will see 100 percent of the money go towards the Chandlers.