Jun 3, 2013
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by David Swarts
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Dave Stanton (53) in action at what was then known as Infineon Raceway in 2010. Photo by Gary Rather, courtesy of California State Championship organizer Shandra Crawford.
Racer Dave Stanton suffered a crushed spine and other internal injuries when he crashed during an AFM Series race Sunday, June 2 at Thunderhill Raceway Park, in Willows, California.
Stanton, a former overall AFM Champion, a former multi-time overall WERA National Endurance Champion, a former AMA Pro and a former Formula USA racer, was riding his RCR Performance Yamaha YZF-R1 on the first lap of the AFM Open Superbike race when he highsided near the front of the field, according to friend and racer Ken Hill, who has been authorized by Stanton and his family to speak about his condition.
Another rider was unable to take avoiding action, hit Stanton and also crashed. The other rider's condition was not immediately available.
Stanton was transported from the track by a medevac helicopter to Enloe Medical Center, in Chico, California, where he was diagnosed with a punctured lung, internal injuries and a crushed spine. Stanton currently has no feeling below his waist.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.