Sprint Car star Clauson hospitalized after crash in Kansas

FILE - In an Oct. 4, 2007 file photo, Bryan Clauson smiles after winning the pole for Friday's ARCA RE/MAX Series 250 auto race, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala. Sprint Car driver Clauson was seriously injured Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016, in an accident during the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals USAC midget race. He has been Airlifted to Lincoln, Neb., where he remains hospitalized Sunday.(AP Photo/Glenn Smith, File)

Sprint Car driver Bryan Clauson has been hospitalized following a harrowing accident in the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals USAC midget race.

Clauson was airlifted to a hospital in Lincoln, Nebraska following the Saturday night crash. His family has declined to update his condition.

Clauson is considered the nation’s top short-track dirt-car driver. He has won four USAC national championships and was participating in his 116th race of the season on Saturday night.

His schedule this year was on pace for 200 starts, and that included a 23rd-place finish in the Indianapolis 500.

The 27-year-old Indiana resident has started three Indianapolis 500s and was a development driver for Chip Ganassi in NASCAR, where he competed in 26 races over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.

Clauson was a three-time winner and the defending champion at Belleville. He flipped off the guard rail between turns 3 and 4 while leading. His car rolled several times and was hit by another car.

It was his second wreck of the weekend.

He started seventh on Friday night before he was in another vicious wreck. After that accident, he posted on Twitter his appreciation for his safety equipment, his chassis manufacturer and his team for getting car ready for him to race Saturday night.

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