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April 22, 2023

Blaine Perkins transported to hospital following Talladega wreck

UPDATE: Blaine Perkins was discharged from the hospital on Sunday evening.


Blaine Perkins was transported to a local hospital after a multi-car wreck in the Ag-Pro 300 Xfinity Series race on Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway.

A Lap 47 incident on the backstretch involved Perkins in addition to Jade Buford and Dexter Stacey. When Stacey’s No. 66 Chevrolet broke loose off the second turn, it swerved toward the apron and made contact with the inside retaining wall. As Stacey’s car lost control, it clipped Perkins’ No. 02 Our Motorsports Chevy, turning the car into the path of Buford’s No. 5 Big Machine Racing Camaro on the backstretch.

That contact caused Perkins’ No. 02 entry to lift, and the car flipped six times before coming to a stop. The resulting wreck brought out the red flag for approximately 12 minutes, with Perkins eventually climbing out of his car under his own power.

Perkins, Stacey and Buford were scored 34th, 35th and 36th, respectively, after the incident.

On Monday evening, Perkins released a statement to update fans on his well-being:

The Perkins family released a statement Sunday to provide an update, affirming the 23-year-old driver was “in good spirits” and appreciated the well wishes being sent his way.

Buford and Stacey were both evaluated and released from the infield care center.