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« on: June 14, 2009, 04:09:57 AM »

Just got word that JB was in a fiery wreck in his Benson SpeedShop/Patco Transportation #21 supermodified at Berlin Speedway tonight. He was awake and alert. Not sure if he was transported for medical treatment as of this post. i will try to keep you updated. you can most likely find updates on the ISMA webpage. www.ismasupers.com

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« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2009, 05:56:35 PM »

Thanks for posting the info, Ken!  Lou and I hadn't heard about it until just a few minutes on XM.  I didn't tune into Race Day until about 10 minutes in, so I have no idea if they mentioned Johnny or not.  Here's what Jayski has to say:

"Johnny Benson injured at Berlin Raceway: UPDATE: "expected to be fine": Johnny Benson Jr. came off Turn 3 at Berlin Raceway and met up with another car during Saturday's ISMA Supermodifieds race. Then came the sight no one wanted to see at the track: Benson's car bursting into flames. When Benson's car came to rest between Turns 3 and 4 after the collision with Larry Lehnert, the wing of Lehnert's vehicle was knocked sideways and Benson's car drove airborne over Lehnert's car. Once on the track, the main cab of Benson's supermodified vehicle caught fire. Track personnel raced over to the vehicle and put out the flames as quickly as possible. Benson was awake and alert when pulled from the car and was transported to an area hospital. Berlin owner Mike Blackmer could not specify which hospital Benson was sent to, citing privacy laws.(Michigan Live)
AND: A spokesperson for Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids confirms that Benson is in serious condition.(WZZM.com)(6-14-2009)
UPDATE: Spectrum Hospital tells 24 Hour News 8 that Benson is in serious but stable condition at the hospital and "he's expected to be fine".(woodtv.com)(6-14-2009)
UPDATE 2: From JB's Message Board - "As of this morning [Sunday am], JB is awake and alert in a Grand Rapids hospital with at least one broken rib. He is being kept for observation. There is no release time as yet."(JohnnyBenson.com)(6-14-2009)"

So, at least he's awake and expected to be fine, which is great! 

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« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2009, 07:07:24 PM »

there is a video link of the crash, but i cannot copy it and it's way too long to type in. thank goodness it was not as bad as it looked. on the tnt portion of the prerace, tony stewart sent out a get well soon to JB
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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009, 03:02:28 PM »

Here's the first article I've seen with actual quotes from Johnny and all the details of his injuries.  Sounds a lot worse than I'd heard before!  Glad he's on the mend.

http://www.freep.com/article/20090710/SPORTS16/907100305/1064/Johnny-Benson-nearly-died--but-he-lives-to-drive

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« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2009, 03:23:16 PM »

yeah, alot of the reports were that things were not bad. he was in bad shape but is on the mend. he might try to race this weekend in new york and cayuga we heard.

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