Eagle Raceway family asks for community support following crash

Updated: May. 18, 2021 at 4:40 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) -The Eagle Raceway family is coming together and asking for community support following a crash leaving a sprint car racer in the hospital.

They’re asking for prayers for long-time spring car racer Tom Belsky. Belsky was racing Saturday in Eagle when he hit a tire at a high speed, sending his car into the air and upside down.

Belsky was left in critical condition, fighting for his life, having to be life flighted from the track.

His friends and family saw it all happen from the stands.

“You know the risk, it can happen, it does happen,” said Nick Bryan, a fellow racer told 10/11 NOW. “But to actually witness it and for him not to just be able to shrug it off and walk away it’s tough to see.”

Belsky, a North Platte native, underwent emergency surgery to repair significant injuries to his neck.

“He’s now responding to doctors commands, showing sensitivity in his face and has facial movements,” Bryan said. “It’s really good.”

In the wake of the accident, the racing community is showing up to support him and his wife.

“The people in these stands are already trying to find ways to donate, to help the family,” said Roger Hadan, Owner of Eagle Raceway. “Everybody is reaching out.”

Eagle Raceway is holding a 50/50 raffle fundraising event this Saturday to raise money for the family, half of the proceeds will go toward the Belsky family. T-shirts and car decals to sell in support of Belsky are in the works too.

“We want to support them as a track because when you’re involved in racing, you’re part of my family,” said Hadan.

Friends said with this kind of support, they know Bresky can fight back.

“He’s strong,” said Bryan. “If he wants something he’s going to go get it.”

To donate to the GoFundMe going toward supporting Belsky’s recover, Click Here.

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