Robert Ballou crashes across the finish line: Race winner undergoes surgery (Video)

Ballou is set for third surgery after crashing and winning at Kokomo Speedway

On June 23rd, Robert Ballou Motorsports unloaded at Kokomo Speedway. The 1/4-mile dirt oval hosted non-wing 410 sprint cars in the Bob Darland Memorial event.

Race leader, Ballou was heading to the finish line off turn four in the main event. Just ahead, Koby Barksdale caught the outside wall.

Barksdale climbed the wall and rode it like a skateboard. As he landed, he all but came to a stop at the start finish line, just ahead of the leader.

Ballou turned the car completely sideways to try and slow his car down ahead of impact. He slid right into the rear bumper bars of Barksdale.

Ballou crossed the finish line and took the win at this very moment. However, he was upside down.

Track officials assisted Ballou in getting to the ambulance. He threw a peace sign to the crowd as they put him in the medical transport and moved him to a nearby hospital.

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Robert Ballou

Robert Ballou Motorosports updates condition

The following are a series of updates provided by the team since the accident:

June 23, 2019 (10:14pm): “There has been a lot of speculation on Robert and his accident so we wanted to act quick on getting an update out there.”

“After taking the checkered flag and winning at Kokomo Speedway he got into an accident. He is alert and talking and does have a fractured arm in 2 places. We will keep everyone updated as we know more!”

June 24, 2019 (6:06am): “Robert is out of surgery and in recovery after a compound fracture in his radius and ulna. We would like to thank everyone for the thoughts, prayers & kind words.”

“A huge thank you to everyone that was quick to respond and offer help and be at our sides during this time! I’ll keep everyone updated as I know more!”

June 26, 2019 (10:00am): “Robert heads back for a second surgery around 11AM today. We will keep everyone updated as the day progresses!”

“We can’t say thank you enough to everyone for reaching out and checking on us or sending thoughts & prayers. The racing family is the best family!”

June 26, 2019 (4pm): “Surgery was only partly successful today. Will plan for a 3rd operation Friday in hopes that the swelling goes down more by then!”

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Kokomo Crash Video

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