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Lucas Oil ASCS Press Release – Travis Rilat/Tyson Perez/Wayne Johnson Update‏

Rilat and Crew Member Suffer Severe Burns; Wayne Johnson Recovering from Elma Injuries

TULSA, Okla. (July 19, 2010) – Just as positive reports were spreading of successful surgery for Wayne Johnson following a wild ride in Lucas Oil ASCS National action at Grays Harbor Raceway in Elma, WA, on Saturday night, word broke on Sunday evening of a fellow past ASCS National champion and one of his crew members involved in a serious shop accident on Sunday night in Washington.
Travis Rilat, the 2003 ASCS National champion hailing from Forney, TX, and Australian crew member Tyson Perez both suffered severe burns when a methanol barrel exploded on Sunday evening.  Rilat and Perez were transported to a Seattle hospital, where they remain in critical condition.
Early indications are that both Rilat and Perez will remain in the Harborview burn unit for at least two to three months.
Tom Lorenz of Smiley’s Racing Products has established a fund for Rilat and Perez.  Contributions to the Travis Rilat/Tyson Perez fund may be made by calling the First State Bank in Mesquite, TX, at 972-285-6311.
Less than 24 hours earlier, 2000 ASCS National champion Wayne Johnson was transported to the same Harborview Hospital in Seattle after suffering severe leg injuries in a lap two “A” Main crash at Grays Harbor Raceway’s Fourth Annual Fred Brownfield Memorial.
Johnson, a native of Oklahoma City, OK, currently residing in Knoxville, IA, underwent what was deemed a successful surgery early Sunday and will undergo a second surgery later in the week to finalize cleanup of the wounds.  A full recovery is expected for Johnson.

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  1. Here’s hoping that Wayne,Travis,andTyson heal quickly and resume their lives again!! As a shop owner and tech for 40-plus years these events happen when you least expect it .Our thoughts and prayers go out to your families and your much needed racing friends at this time.A contribution will be made by us,(Jay’s Automotive,Portville,N.Y. 14770 at weeks end.GET WELL GUY’S…JAY

  2. This is a sad thing that happened. I love the sport but, I do not ever like to have this happen. I hope that he will be ok. I am glad that they have set up this account. It is nice to not have to worry about the money coming in. May God be with him and everyone who wants to help out.

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