WEAR YOUR SAFETY GEAR
Posted on September 20th, 2018
This was from a post on Facebook from drag racer Dusty Rose. He was very lucky to walk away from a big flaming wreck, but his comments about safety gear should hit home to all motorsport competitors;
2 years ago my life changed forever. The grim reaper had his hand on my shoulder but just couldn’t quite pull me under. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about that day. In reality I shouldn’t be here today. I am the luckiest guy in the world. The past two years has been an incredible experience. Lots of pain, but lots of joy also. I’ve met so many incredible people along the way, it would take forever to name them all. I can’t think you all enough for the love and support you all have given me. As far as my injury’s I’m doing ok. Some days I walk with a limp because of my leg, and my hand hurts some days and I can’t use it like I used to due to numbness. But I can’t complain at all. I’m alive and I’m still living life to the fullest. I’m still here to be a father, a husband, and a friend to many. Life is good. My wife Tara Rose has been by my side since day one. I’m a lucky man
To all my racers friends, please wear your safety equipment. A lot of people go through life with the mentality “it’ll never happen to me” well guess what, it’s not if it’s when. If you do this long enough something will happen. It’s just the nature of the beast. It doesn’t matter if you’re driving a Nitro Funny Car, or a 12 second door car. Things can happen. Please do yourself a favor and be prepared for the worst. I was and that’s the reason I’m here today. I credit my survival to my quick actions driving and my Impact Racing helmet. Yes, the equipment is expensive. I probably lost $5,000 dollars worth of equipment. But I’d rather lose 5 grand than my life. Surely your life is worth more than 5 grand ? I see 100,000 dollar race cars and the driver is wearing the cheapest equipment possible. That doesn’t make much sense to me. Anyone who races does it for the love of the sport. Don’t let not wearing the proper equipment be the cause of you making your final pass down the race track.
Again, thank you all for the love and support. I travel to Denton, Tx this weekend to race. I’m really hoping I can pull off my first win since this accident. I need it, and my team needs it. I feel like it would be a stepping stone for me. I’ll keep everyone updated.
Dusty Rose Racing