Labonte taken to hospital after nine-car wreck at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- One of the worst road-course crashes in years brought out a red flag with eight laps to go Sunday in the Centurion Boats at The Glen Sprint Cup race Sunday at Watkins Glen International.
Bobby Labonte limped away from the terrifying nine-car accident and was transported to a local hospital. Petty Enterprises officials said Labonte was evaluated and released from the hospital and has no injuries.
The red flag lasted 43 minutes.Sam Hornish Jr.'s car slid sideways as he tried to avoid Gilliland, but Hornish made a severe contact with the water barrels in front of the pit-wall entrance. Hornish also was not injured and returned to the race. Other drivers involved in the accident were Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney, Max Papis, Reed Sorenson and Michael Waltrip. "I'm OK, but I have a broken heart," Papis said. "That was crazy. There as no place to go. Everybody kept pushing and shoving out there before that happened. It is what it is, but it was definitely bad."
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