Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Craven Is out after Crash in Practice

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Craven Is out after Crash in Practice

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Trying to "Revive the 25" hit another snag Thursday at Texas Motor Speedway when Ricky Craven's Budweiser Monte Carlo crashed in Turn 4 while he was practicing for Sunday's Interstate Batteries 500.

The car, a new one for this first race at Texas, was smashed and knocked out of contention. So was Craven, whose injuries included a fractured right shoulder blade. He was listed in serious but stable condition at a Dallas hospital.

Craven, 30, and crew chief Andy Graves were coming to Texas with high h opes of putting the third Hendrick Motorsports team car into victory circle. The slogan has been "Revive the 25" car. Craven was awake and alert, and his vital signs were normal, a track spokesman said. He will be hospitalized at least 72 hours. Craven, who replaced St. Louisan Kenny Schrader this year on the Hendrick team, finished third in the Daytona 500 in his first start in the No. 25 Budweiser car. He then came home a respectable fifth in the Goodwrench 400. However, he crashed and finished 35th in the Primestar 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and an accident knocked him out again in the TranSouth 400. He qualified second but finished 40th at Darlington Raceway. Now, even before the qualifying, another accident has KO'd him from the inaugural event at Texas Motor Speedway. This is the second consecutive year in which Craven has started fast and been slowed by injuries. A year ago, Craven finished third in two of the first five races, and followed that up with his first pole position, at Martinsville in the Goody's 500. He was fourth in the standings. But he crashed at Talladega Superspeedway and again at Charlotte Motor Speedway, suffering injuries in both wrecks, and managed only one top-five finish the rest of the season. Going into this weekend's race, Craven had tried to frame a positive attitude. …

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