Katie Kenseth, wife of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth, left Charlotte Motor Speedway on a stretcher late Monday afternoon after a crashing during a practice session for a charity race next month (before the Bank of America 500).
Kenseth crashed into the ‘inside’ pit stop wall in a driving school bandolero vehicle after making a sharp turn. Matt Kenseth was the first on the scene of the accident to check on her. Moments later, she was loaded onto a stretcher and was sent to a local hospital.
The charity race will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities and Motor Racing Outreach and will feature a 25-lap race on the front stretch quarter-mile oval before the Bank of America 500.
Other prominent NASCAR drivers such as Casey Mears, Michael McDowell, David Ragan, and Joey Logano were also in attendance during the accident, as they were watching their wives and girlfriends practice for the inaugural Better Half Dash on October 15.
Jenna Fryer, of the Associated Press, received confirmation from a CMS track official that Katie had been treated and released.
**UPDATE** – Moments ago, Matt Kenseth (@matt_kenseth17) tweeted this: “That didn’t turn out so well. Katie and I are home, she has a broken scapula and some bumps and bruises. Thanks for all the well wishes.”
Kenseth later said (jokingly), “She said that was the shortest racing career in history!”