What happens when race cars collide on the track at the Richmond Raceway?


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It could all happen in a flash, but when cars collide at the Richmond Raceway a team jumps into action.

As NASCAR rolls into town, a team from VCU Health is also getting ready.

Dr. Jeffrey Ferguson has already begun prepping for NASCAR weekend at the Richmond Raceway.

Dr. Ferguson worries about the trama being very similar to what people experience in high-speed motor vehicle accidents on the freeway.

However, Richmond Raceway President makes it clear this is no Richmond freeway.

“They’re 3,500-pound racecars and speeds over 130 mph,” said Dennis Bickmeier. “You gotta have a good medical team that’s here ready to respond.”

The team from VCU Health alongside Dr. Ferguson have been at the track for the past three years. 

He said they’ve only seen a few minor crashes.

“Luckily the crashes that are sort of infamous at this track happened decades ago,” Dr. Ferguson said.

These crashes, however, help his team prepare and be ready for anything that could happen.

“NASCAR has a lot of safety features and most of the injuries are minor but we’re always prepared for the worst,” Dr. Ferguson added.

The Richmond Raceway track opens this Friday, April 12.

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