MIDWEST: Mansfield Promoter Cody Sommer Injured In Crash

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Mansfield Motor Speedway promoter Cody Sommer, seen here at the Gateway Dirt Nationals in December, was injured in a crash Sunday night.

MANSFIELD, Ohio — Cody Sommer, who recently took over duties as promoter of Mansfield Motor Speedway during the offseason, was one of two people who were injured in a crash at the recently-converted dirt track on Sunday night.

According to a Mansfield Police Department report, 30-year-old Sommer was making laps on the track in a pickup truck prior to 10 p.m., heading north on the backstretch and making his way towards one of the track’s turns when he lost control of the truck.

Sommer hit the outer track wall and the truck rolled multiple times before coming to rest, according to a report by the Mansfield News Journal.

When firefighters and rescue personnel arrived, Sommer and his passenger — 53-year-old Kenneth Long — were trapped inside the truck and bystanders were holding Sommer’s head when authorities arrived.

Electric spreaders were used to extricate Sommer, who had a bleeding head wound according to the fire report, from the damaged truck.

Both Sommer and Long were transported to OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital for treatment, with Long reportedly suffering only minor injuries.

Sommer, who also promoted the Gateway Dirt Nationals this past December, took over the Mansfield half-mile in January and turned it from an asphalt track back into a dirt track, which the facility began as in 1959.

He posted on Facebook Monday evening that he was out of the hospital and thanked all who had reached out for their well-wishes.

“‪I appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers in regards to my accident,” Sommer wrote. “I am sore and will need a few days to recover, but I will be (okay) and have been released from the hospital‬. Thank you to everyone.”

The Mansfield Police Department and Mansfield News Journal contributed to this staff report.

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