PIEDMONT, Okla. – Grady Chandler was injured in a racing accident on Friday night at lap 18 of the USAC Wingless Sprints Oklahoma feature at Creek County Speedway.
Chandler suffered fractures to his C1, C2, C3, C4 and C5 vertebrae.
According to a Facebook post from Chandler’s mother, a surgery was performed Saturday to stabilize the fractures. He remains in ICU on a ventilator and has yet to regain any feeling from the chest down.
To help aid in Grady’s recovery, donations can be made directly to the USAC Benevolent Fund at http://usacbf.org/donate/.
A GoFundMe account has also been set up for Grady and can be reached by clicking here.
Chandler competed at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals in January, finishing 14th in his B-main, and had run select midget and sprint car events this season throughout the Great Plains and Midwest.
However, perhaps his best-known moment so far this season was when he loaned longtime friend Cannon McIntosh – who he’s served as an on-and-off crew member for the past few years – his driving suit in March for the Shamrock Classic at the Southern Illinois Center.
McIntosh, who needed a new suit after a fire in hot laps, took Chandler’s uniform all the way to victory lane in that event – leading to an emotional celebration for both afterward.
Chandler was credited with 19th position in Friday’s WSO feature after starting seventh.