recovering after scary incident at Selinsgrove
Tour co-owner Lonny Parsons and his family had already had a trying year.
Parsons’ wife and
brother both passed away earlier this year.
In June Tim
Shaffer, who drove the Parsons-owned Casey’s General Stores car on the NST
circuit, was injured in a vicious crash at Knoxville Raceway. Shaffer continues
to recover, while good friend
afternoon, it seemed another tragedy had hit when Parsons was struck by a water
truck at Selinsgrove Speedway in
Parsons, 65, was
crossing the track into the infield at turn 4 shortly after
airlifted by helicopter to
Shaffer said that
Parsons was doing better by Saturday evening with a cracked cheekbone and
partially collapsed lung. Parsons also had cuts in his face, and bruises on his
knees and back.
Still, Shaffer and
everyone else were thankful injuries weren’t worse.
“We already had
one miracle here,” Shaffer said.
Jacobs saw the
incident, and was also relieved his friend was doing well.
“They did an MRI
from head to toe, and nothing was wrong,” Jacobs said Saturday night. “That’s a
miracle. I saw the whole thing. It was just an accident. I thought he was gone.”
“He has a cracked
cheekbone and a small hole in the lung,” Jacobs reported. “That should be
healed by the end of the day. He’s in good shape. He’s in real good spirits. If
the lung heals like it has been, he could be released (Aug. 7).
“Tim and (crew
chief) Adam Kinnear were there with him,” Jacobs added. “They said Lonny was
Jacobs shook his
head when thinking about all the Parsons family has been through this year.
“Some of that
stuff was kind of expected, but Tim’s deal and this deal (with Lonny) you don’t
expect,” he said.
Shaffer came to
“He sat up and ate
lunch in a chair,” Kinnear said. “He’s talking, and is in pretty good spirits.
He was upset because he couldn’t have his cigarettes.”
nor Shaffer would be surprised to see Parsons, who lives near
“I would expect
him to be there at least one day,” Kinnear said. “It was a real relief to see
him doing well. He was in good spirits (Saturday), and looked much better