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Stevens injured in crash

By Anthony Rhoads

McDonough's Doug Stevens was involved in a wreck Friday during a qualifying session for the American Speed Association's BF Goodrich 125 at Kentucky Speedway.

According to a statement issued by the speedway, Stevens sustained no life-threatening injuries but was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.

Stevens was reported to be in stable condition and was treated for several fractured bones.

Stevens, a Forest Park native, has raced in two ASA events this year. In the 2004 season opener at USA International Speedway in Florida, he finished eighth.

Last Saturday at Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, he posted a 29th-place finish.

Before his accident Friday, Stevens looked to be on his way to a successful weekend at Kentucky Speedway. In the first practice session, he had the eighth-fastest time and in the second practice session, he was seventh.

On the warm-up lap right before qualifying, Stevens slammed hard into turn 3 and was attended to by track workers.

Stevens is a four-time Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Pro Division points champion and he has raced in several ASA, ARCA and Hooters ProCup events in the last few years.

Fellow Thursday Thunder alumnus Reed Sorenson was also in a wreck Friday. According to the asaracing.com website, Sorenson spun his car into turn 2 approximately 20 minutes into the second practice session.

Sorenson was unhurt and was able to compete in Friday's race using a back-up car. He qualified in 28th place but was able to come back and finish in eighth place.

"The car was awesome," Sorenson said. "We did the best we could."

Sorenson, a Woodward Academy student, was the 2003 ASA Pat Schauer Rookie of the Year and signed a developmental contract with legendary race team owner Chip Ganassi for 2004.

Sorenson will race a full ASA schedule and a limited NASCAR Busch Series schedule this year.