Roush Injured In Plane Crash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - NASCAR Winston Cup Series team owner Jack Roush was involved in a crash of his private airplane near Troy, Ala., Friday night, and, after being airlifted to UAB Trauma Center in Birmingham, was listed in critical condition, said Jim Hunter, vice president of corporate communications for NASCAR.

As of 1 a.m. (ET) Saturday, Hunter said doctors at UAB Trauma Center were evaluating Roush through a series of tests. No other details of his condition were released.

"Jack Roush was involved in an accident in an airplane earlier this evening. He is here at UAB, and he is currently undergoing evaluation. The doctors have listed his condition as critical and it's a wait-and-see. That's all we know right now."

Three of Roush's Winston Cup drivers - Mark Martin, Jeff Burton and Kurt Busch - were present at the hospital late Friday night. Also present at the hospital were members of Motor Racing Outreach, as well as NASCAR Senior Vice President George Pyne and officials from Talladega Superspeedway, the site of Sunday's Winston Cup Series Aaron's 499.

Friday was Roush's 60th birthday. Following the accident, which Hunter said he believed to be sometime between 6 and 8 p.m. Friday, Hunter said Roush was taken to a local hospital in Troy, Ala., and was then airlifted to UAB.

UAB Trauma Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center, and hospital director of media relations Laura Mansfield said that's why Roush was brought to UAB.

"Mr. Roush is undergoing a whole battery of tests, which is standard procedure for anyone who has been critically injured as he has," Mansfield said. "Any time of the day or night, we have specialists in-house here to treat critical injuries."

Hunter said a press conference was scheduled for Saturday morning at Talladega, where Roush Racing officials were expected to make a statement concerning Roush. Stay tuned to for all the details.

Roush owns Winston Cup cars driven Martin, Burton, Matt Kenseth and Busch as well as Busch Series cars driven by Greg Biffle. Kenseth has two victories this season and is second in the Winston Cup point standings, while Busch has one victory.

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