NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram turns 81 today, continues recovery from crash

Jerry Bonkowski
NBC Sports

NASCAR Hall of Famer Jack Ingram turns 81 today and he has lots of reasons to celebrate, per the latest promising health update from his family.

Ingram suffered serious injuries in a two-car crash on Dec. 3 in his hometown of Asheville, North Carolina.

Ingram remains in a medical care facility, receiving treatment for his injuries, which included several broken ribs, a ruptured spleen and bruises and contusions.

According to Jack’s daughter, Ingrid Jones, he finally was able to have his first meal since the accident on Tuesday.

“Of course, it wasn’t a steak dinner, but an egg salad sandwich,” Jones commented in the semi-regular blog she’s maintaining at CaringBridge.org.

“Christmas was a difficult day, and (Jack) wasn’t in the best of spirits, but today (Dec. 26) was definitely another turn down the road to recovery,” Jones’ blog continued.

“And he also did a bang up job during physical therapy. It’s clear to the family that he is aiming to get out of the facility as soon as humanly possible.

“Of course, he still has a ways to go, but we are highly encouraged at his new milestone of eating real food! It was the best Christmas present we could have asked for, albeit a day late.”

NASCAR Talk will continue to update Ingram’s condition based on further blog posts by Jones.

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