posted August 14, 2001 05:53 AM
DAVE MICHEL HURT IN WORK ACCIDENT - MAY MISS REMAINDER OF SEASON
By JEFF GRAVATT
MANAHAWKIN ~ Six-time and defending Coors Light/NAPA Auto Parts Racing Series
Modified driving champion Dave Michel was seriously injured in a work related
accident on Friday. Doctors say that the Manahawkin racecar driver may miss
the remainder of the season.
Michel, who currently stands third in the current point chase behind Jimmy
Blewett of Howell and Harry Reed of Freehold, was working at his bulkhead
building business in Mystic Island on Friday when the accident occurred.
While holding a large sheet of building material, Michel was knocked off
balance by a gust of wind. He was impaled on a steel rod that went eight
inches into his body. His major injury is a fractured pelvis. Michel was
transported to the Atlantic City Medical Center where he expected to remain
until the end of the week.
"All in all I was very fortunate," Michel, who leads his division's all-time
win list with 59 victories, says. "It could have been a lot worse. The
doctors say that I will make a complete recovery. It is just going to take
Michel will have to put his racing career on hold. Although he said that he
would like to return sooner, doctors say that he will miss at least six to
eight weeks of racing, which would last through the end of the regular season
at the end of September.
"I still want the car to be at the track," Michel says. "My father is
planning on driving it so that we can keep our car-owner points up and so
that we can give our sponsors the exposure they deserve. My sponsors have
been very good to me over the years. They deserve for the car to be at the
track in front of the people."
Tom Michel, Dave Michel's father, is a former driver at the speedway who
raced through the 1980's. Tom Michel was a six-time winner and won his last
feature race in 1987.
Fans wishing to send get well cards to Dave Michel can do so by mailing
them to Dave Michel, c/o Wall Stadium, 1803 Route 34, Wall, N.J. 07719.
WET WEATHER FORCES WALL STADIUM OFFICIALS TO JUGGLE SCHEDULE FOR NEXT THREE
WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Two straight Saturday nights of rain has forced Wall
Stadium officials to juggle the schedule for the final two Saturday nights of
August and the first Saturday evening of September.
The "Ray Gastelu Memorial," originally set for August 4 before being
rained out for two straight Saturday nights, has been reset for this Saturday
evening (August 18). In addition, the classic racecars of the Garden State
Vintage Stock Car Club will be on hand. Also invited to be a part of the
grandstand mid-way excitement on August 18 will be a host of hot rod cars.
This "Hot Rod Night" was originally set for August 4 before being rained out.
On the speedway this Saturday night, the Pro Stocks will race in a 50-lapper,
while the Modifieds will compete in a 30-lapper and the Street Stocks, Truck
Series and the Legend Cars will all battle in 20-lap main events.
The Championship Demolition Derby, Street Stock and Three-Quarter Midget
card set for Sunday evening (August 19) at 7:00 p.m. will go off as scheduled.
On the following Saturday night, August 25, the annual "Coors Light
Classic" will be presented as scheduled with the Modifieds racing in a
70-lapper, both the Pro Stocks and Street Stocks in 50-lappers and the Trucks
and Legends in 20-lappers. The Three-Quarter Midgets have been added to the
August 25 program, making up the 25-lapper rained out on August 11.
The September 1 program will be special for a couple of reasons. First
off, the Legend Cars will be in the spotlight in their special "Legends Night
30-lapper." This event was rescheduled from August 18. In addition, the fans
will also be in the spotlight with their annual "Banner Night" festivities.
Again, this event was originally scheduled for August 18.
Wall Stadium is located on Rt. 34 in Wall Township, N.J. just a mile north of
Garden State Parkway Exit 98 and Interstate 195 Exit 35B. The speedway
hotline is 732-681-6400 and the internet address is www.wallstadium.com.