Loves Park (May 19, 2010) “Scary” Gary Oscarson was ready to wow race fans with the spectacular school bus jump, the only vehicle scheduled to get any air time. However Alex Papini driver of the #73 Stanley Steemer NASCAR Late Model beat him to it during the Late Model feature last Saturday night at Rockford Speedway.
Lap 14 began with a restart with drivers itching to get back to green flag racing for the Late Model Feature and did not make it to lap 15 before the caution was out again. The caution was brought out when Eddie May driver of the #2 and Tanner Whitten driver of the #85 made contact going into turn one. Initially the damage seemed to be minimal with May coming to rest in between turns one and two, and Whitten coming to rest against the wall in turn one. Alex Papini was unable to slow down in time to avoid May’s car. No driver wants to find themselves facing the wrong way on the track, but they especially don’t want to look out their windshields to find another car coming straight at them, which is the exact position May found himself in. Papini was catapulted over the roof of May’s car directly into the NASCAR K&N Speed Channel billboard, and was bounced back onto the track by the steel cables behind the signs. The audience and track employees alike were riveted to the action in turns one and two, concerned for the safety of all the drivers, especially the flyin’ Papini. A shaken Papini eventually emerged from his car and was able to walk away from the wreck, as were an equally shaken Eddie May and young Tanner Whitten.