— NASCAR driver Josh Wise may have been lucky to make the top 20 of the 2015 Chase for the Sprint Cup when he was hurt by a rear-end collision that also sent him to the hospital.
But Wise has a different view on the crash that sent him into a coma.
The 25-year-old Wise was in second place in the Chase for 20th time on Saturday when he and teammate Joey Logano were hit by a car that was traveling at a high rate of speed in the final minutes of the race.
Wise’s car struck the car of teammate Brad Keselowski, and he was thrown off the race track.
He was placed on a stretcher in the middle of the infield, and a CT scan showed he had a severe spinal injury.NASCAR announced on Sunday that Wise will undergo surgery to repair the spinal cord.
He was treated at the hospital and released, and it’s unclear if he will be back on the track.NASCASports.com reports that Wise had been scheduled to race at Dover International Speedway in Delaware on Saturday.NASSAutomotivesports.net reports that the race will now be moved to Atlanta, where Wise will be out of commission for a month.NASCCannerNews.com has been unable to reach Wise.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.