As wrecks go, it didn't look all that bad:
Steve Wallace and several other drivers got collected in the four-wide dustup around the halfway point of Saturday's Nationwide race. End of the day for Wallace, but not the end of the story, as he revealed late Tuesday that he broke multiple bones in his foot.
But here's the kicker -- no pun intended -- Wallace intends to race this weekend at Phoenix.
Rusty Wallace, Steve's team owner -- oh, and his dad too -- gave NASCAR.com the breakdown of the immediate post-race action:
"He said he was good inside [the care center] but when we walked outside he grabbed my shirt and said his foot really hurt and he thought he'd broken it," Wallace said. "Then [ESPN's] Jamie Little interviewed him and said, 'It looked like you were limping?' And Steve said, 'I stepped on my foot, accidentally.' But he knew right then he was in trouble. We went to the hospital as soon as we flew back into Charlotte and sure enough, there were three clean breaks. Two of his toes were broken off and half of his foot, on the top, was broke."
Broken off? Ouch. We'll attribute that one to colorful language, assuming that Steve's toes didn't fall out of his sock when he took it off. Still, foot injuries hurt like a mother, and especially for a driver, they're pretty significant.
But fortunately -- if we can use that word -- there's precedent here. Rusty spoke to Carl Edwards, who messed up his foot playing Frisbee last year, and Steve will be using some similar support pieces in his shoe. The Wallace shop has already started fashioning plates for Steve's foot, which controls the throttle.
The healing process is expected to take six weeks, and Rusty doesn't plan to bring in a replacement driver. After disappointing finishes at Bristol and Nashville, Wallace now sits in 11th position in the Nationwide standings.
- Rusty Wallace