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Franchitti Injured in Talladega Wreck
Apr 27, 2008 - updated Apr 27th, 2008 11:30am
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TALLADEGA, Ala. (April 26) - Dario Franchitti broke his left ankle in a crash during a second-tier NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway Saturday that sent him and another racer to a hospital for observation.

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NASCAR's biggest open-wheel import drives into a scary moment at Talladega Superspeedway on Saturday. Dario Franchitti breaks his left ankle in a hard wreck during the Aaron's 312 Nationwide Series race and has to be taken off on a stretcher.


Franchitti, who switched from Indy-cars to American stock cars this season, also was treated for contusions and was unlikely to race Sunday in the Aaron's 499 on the top tier of the NASCAR circuit and the weekend's featured event at the track.

Franchitti crashed when his car apparently lost its right rear tire on the 10th lap of the Nationwide Series race.

The car struck the outside wall and spun down the track, finally drifting down to the apron on the inside of the course. It was there that the real damage was done - a car driven by Larry Gunselman slammed into his driver side door.

Franchitti had to be helped from his car and toward the ambulance, where officials pulled out a stretcher. Franchitti was initially sitting on the stretcher, but eventually lay down on it before he was taken to the care center.

About 90 minutes after the accident, Gunselman also was taken to the hospital for observation, and there was no immediate word from NASCAR on his condition.

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