Lincoln man critically injured in racetrack crash returns home

Lincoln man critically injured in racetrack crash returns home
Justin Vanderharr and his wife, Staysha, leave the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln on Friday. He was critically injured May 11 in a crash at Eagle Raceway.

A Lincoln man critically injured last month in a pit-row crash at Eagle Raceway is back home.

Justin Vanderharr, 35, was released from the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln on Friday, according to a Facebook post from his wife, Staysha Vanderharr. He attended a pancake feed fund-raiser on Saturday at Alvo Volunteer Fire and Rescue.

Vanderharr was injured May 11 while working on the pit crew for his friend, racer Adam Gullion. A hobby stock car had a malfunction that caused its throttle to become stuck open, according to the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.

The car left the track at a high rate of speed and went airborne, striking other vehicles and pinning Vanderharr under one of them. He was taken in critical condition to Bryan Medical Center’s west campus in Lincoln with a severe brain injury and suffered multiple skull fractures.

Eagle Raceway is a one-third-mile dirt track 2 miles east of Eagle, Nebraska, on U.S. Highway 34 in Cass County.

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