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The mood of the day was tempered greatly by an accident involving superstar racer John Force, who suffered two broken legs and injuries to his hands and arms in a high-speed collision with Dallas racing legend Kenny Bernstein. Force had to be airlifted to Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas.
"I'm glad that [John Force is] alive," Dixon said. "From that point you can fix anything. A lot of credit goes to the Safety Safari, the medical team, and the rules package for the way the cars have to be built so that you can survive an accident like that. I feel safer in my car that goes 330 mph than I do in my rental car going 55 mph on the way to the track. I feel like I could run over a nuclear bomb, and I trust in that. He'll be back racing one day; you can count on that.
Cruz Pedregon would have faced Ashley Force, who left the track to be with her father at the hospital
"I was watching Force's race on the monitor and I saw what happened," Pedregon said. "I have to admit it really shook me up. It took me back to when I was a kid and my dad told me about these wrecks where cars got cut in half. I ran over there to try and help and there was no cockpit. It really scared me. I just wanted to hear that he was okay. Broken bones will mend. I wanted to hear he was talking and if he was swearing, even better. From what it looked like, he's very lucky.
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