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Aug 6, 2001

Latest Loudon LRRS Incident Likely To Lead To Rider Sanctions

An incident on Saturday, July 28 during an LRRS regional race at New Hampshire International Speedway will likely lead to rider sanctions, track Safety Director Jerry Wood said.<BR><BR>The incident in turn two occurred when one rider slowed for waving yellow flags and another Junior-ranked rider did not, hitting the first rider, taking off his controls, knocking him down and sending him feet-first into a pile of cornerworking equipment outside the corner, next to the end of a wall, in an area Wood said is not normally an impact zone. The injured rider, Charles Chubbuck, suffered broken bones in his lower back and feet, according to Wood. The rider who did not slow may be sanctioned by LRRS for not responding appropriately to a waving yellow flag, Wood said.<BR><BR>During the same weekend, Wood conducted a charity auction that raised $10,000 for two riders and two cornerworkers injured in a bizarre July 7 crash in the same corner. In that crash, also during an LRRS regional race, one rider fell and crawled off the track, his bike still in the middle of the corner. Two cornerworkers were attempting to remove the crashed bike under waving yellow flags when a group of riders approached about a minute after the original crash. One of the riders plowed directly into the two cornerworkers and the bike, which they had picked up, sending all involved to the hospital.<BR><BR>The funds from the auction will be used to help defray medical co-payments and lost income suffered by the cornerworkers and riders as a result of their injuries.