Racing is what the Earnhardt family does, whether it's Dale Jr. still getting behind the wheel once a year even though he's retired from full-time racing or the 15-time most popular driver's niece, Karsyn Elledge, who's the daughter of Kelley Earnhardt Miller, Junior's older sister.
The racing gene was passed down to Elledge, Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s granddaughter, who was competing in a sprint car race Tuesday in Oklahoma when she was in a horrifying crash.
She is, however, OK and was able to get out of the wrecked car herself.
Competing in a USAC Racing midget car event at Red Dirt Raceway, Elledge's car started flipping down the track going into Turn 3, and it picked up enough momentum to fly over the outside barrier before coming to a stop.
North Carolina’s @KarsynElledge3 bikes big and clears the turn 3 wall! She exited the car under her own power. The feature is coming up! Watch it LIVE on @FloRacingpic.twitter.com/pFN5XzbGMW
Afterward, Earnhardt Miller tweeted that her daughter was OK but "shaken up", which is better than most people would be after a wreck like that.
Try watching this from your couch as the mom. ?? https://t.co/VOOa3LWZjQ
[email protected] is ok, shaken up as you can imagine. Thanks for everyone checking on her and being concerned!
Elledge also tweeted out a message late Tuesday night, saying in part:
"Tonight I am so very thankful that all my safety equipment did it's job & that my team built a safe car. Thank you to everyone who's reached out, I am sore, but most hurt is my pride."
Coming off her freshman year at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Elledge is in her first season in the USAC National Midget Series. In a NASCAR feature of her earlier this year, she joked that racing cars is her primary goal and college and a more traditional career path is Plan B – while it's the opposite for her parents.
"I thought adults had everything figured out, and now I am an adult and I have no idea what I'm doing," she says, laughing. "I mean, I know I want to be a race car driver. But my Plan B, I have to have that figured out, and I have no clue."
She's aggressive, unafraid, and she can make competitors furious. Her father, Jimmy, who used to work with Dale Sr., tells her regularly: "My goodness, girl, you remind me of your grandfather."
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