Tuesday, July 20, 2004

"Those who cannot remember the past..."

This just in from the Associated Press, by way of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat:

Dale Earnhardt Jr. was released from a hospital Monday, one day after he suffered second-degree burns in a fiery crash during practice.

The NASCAR star, son of the late Dale Earnhardt, was flown to the University of California-Davis Medical Center on Sunday after the car he was driving caught on fire at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

Earnhardt was treated for second-degree burns on the insides of both legs and on his chin, according to a statement from UC Davis Medical Center. The burns covered about 6 percent of his body.

The accident came at the beginning of a morning practice, when Earnhardt lost control of his Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. The car spun and slid into a concrete barrier.

The crash broke the fuel filler neck, where gas is poured into the fuel tank, and sparked the fire. Earnhardt was able to get out of the car on his own.

Earnhardt's father was killed in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500.

Hey, Junior: when you have a spare moment, look up George Santayana in Bartlett's Quotations.

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