Street Stock Driver Loses Both Legs in Non-Racing Accident in North Carolina
A foundation has been set up for Chris James following an accident on Wednesday night at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway. Injuries stemming from the incident required the amputation of both of James’ legs. James is a regular driver with the Redneck Racing Series and CRASHCar division at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. He pilots the #38 “Rimer Rocket.”
“Plus, he’s funny as heck. He’s always ribbing everybody in the shop, at work or at the track. And he can take it as much as he can dish it out. That’s what we (everybody on the Speed51.com team) like about him. He’s a dedicated dad, family guy, business man and racer. We hope to have him back at the racetrack as part of our gang as soon as possible.”
The 40-year-old James is married to his wife Lori and has two children, Lynn (19) and Mandi (17).
“CJ” has been with the Redneck Racing Series since its inception and had raced with the CRASHCar Division at Lowe’s Motor Speedway for the past two years. He won
Chris has driven the "Rimer Rocket" the past couple of years in the CRASHCar & Redneck Racing Series.
The Chris James Foundation is set up through James’ employer, Adesa Impact. Donations to aid James and his family can be made to the foundation at:
Chris James Foundation
c/o Adesa Impact
5100 Merle Rd.
Concord, NC 28025
James was injured while volunteering to drive a “packer” car at The Dirt Track @ Lowe’s Motor Speedway on Wednesday night prior to the World of Outlaws event at the track. James has driven “packer” cars for several years and was helping to get the track in shape for the night’s racing.
James got out of his car to allegedly remove a piece of debris from the track and was subsequently hit by another “packer” car, pinning him against his car and the wall. James was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has undergone several operations, including one that resulted in both of his legs being amputated below the knee. James will remain in the hospital for an unknown period of time.
“CJ, as we like to call him, is one of the nicest people I know,” said Bob Dillner, television commentator for SPEED Channel and fellow CRASHCar / Redneck Racing Series competitor. “We have developed a great friendship in just a short period of time. We were lost when we started driving in the CRASHCar division at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway and even though he was racing against us, he was always right there next to us trying to help us out. In fact, I think sometimes he worked on our car more than his; that’s the type of person he is.
Chris James (left) laughs with Bob Dillner at the Redneck Racing Series event at Hickory Motor Speedway last month. (51 Photo)
a $5,000-to-win race behind the wheel of his “Rimer Rocket” last year following qualifying for the Coca-Cola 600.
“He’s a fun, positive, hard-working guy,” said Roger Slack, Director of Events at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. “Just before the accident, I was walking over to the drivers meeting and somebody came from behind me and slammed me in the back. I turned around and saw it was CJ. He told me ‘Rusty Drye told me to give you a message,’ and then he gave me the Rimer (town in which Chris worked) wave. He is a jokester, just a great guy.
“He won one of the big CRASHCar races last year and has been a big supporter of the division since it began as the Road Hawgs. He’s been working with us at The Dirt Track for about four years now and has helped out a bunch. He’s just been a big part of what we’ve done here at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway and we want to see him back as soon as he can because he’s been like family.”
Upon request of the James' family, the Redneck Racing Series will be back in action this coming Saturday at Concord Motorsport Park. James’ “Rimer Rocket” will be in action on Saturday night with Dillner behind the wheel. All cars will carry “Get Well” sticker in honor of James.
For more information regarding the Chris James Foundation, contact Jeremy Troiano at DSG by calling (704) 455–2051.