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Driver hurt in Stewart wreck could return home Thursday
Canandaigua, N.Y. — Alysha Ruggles will wear a back brace for the next three months, according to her family.
The 19-year-old Sprint car driver was involved in a massive crash at Canandaigua Motorsports Park Tuesday night; a crash caused by NASCAR star, Tony Stewart, according to track owner Jeremie Cocoran.
“She was trying to get way down in the infield there and she caught the concrete barrier and that's what sent her about 20-feet in the air and probably 60-feet through the air until she came down on the front nose,” said Alysha’s father Darryl Ruggles, in a morning interview on WCMF radio.
It happened while drivers were making a turn following a restart. Stewart tried to race through a hole between two cars, when the hole closed, he bumped a car which caused a multi-car crash.
"She's a trooper and she's hanging in there and we just thank everybody for their prayers and well wishes,” said Linda Dauber, Alysha’s grandmother.
13WHAM News reached out to Stewart but did not hear back.
“She’s young and healthy and hopefully she gets back in a race car and at it again,” said Jeremie Cocoran, the owner of Canandaigua Motor Sports Park.
Dauber added that Alysha could be released from the hospital by Thursday.