Detroit – Matt Brabham swept the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck series races this weekend on Belle Isle, slipping past Dustin Scott two-thirds through Race No. 3 Sunday afternoon and leading the field the rest of the way.
Brabham, a 22-year-old Australian who competed in the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, made his way through the field, then passed Scott near Turn 12 on Lap 6 and went on to hold off E.J. Viso and fellow Australian Paul Morris for the victory, his second of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix weekend and career.
Matt Mingay suffered serious facial injuries in Saturday’s race and the event was called off. He remained in stable but serious condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital Sunday following surgery Saturday night.
Series driver Paul Morris, a close friend of Mingay's, revealed the extent of Mingay's injuries after Sunday's race on Belle Isle.
“He’s in pretty good (shape) considering he’s lost a fair bit of his lower face, jaw and bottom teeth,” Morris said. “But, his brain’s intact, his spine’s intact, so he’s got a long ride ahead of him. He’s not going to win a beauty contest in the next year or two, so hopefully we’ll get him out of here in the next couple of weeks, get him stabilized and back to Australia, get his head rebuilt and be brand new.”
Brabham was asked how tough it was to race again on Sunday – one day after Mingay’s accident.
“It’s something that we accept even before we get in the truck,” Brabham said. “There wouldn’t be races if something like that happened and everyone didn’t race. At the end of the day, I think if something happened to one of us, if something happened to me, I wouldn’t want the racing to stop. I wouldn’t want anyone to just stop for me. It’s what I want to do, this is my life, and racing is what I do for a living.
“It happens and we’re praying that he has a speedy recovery, but we know the dangers of the sport.”
Rochester Hills resident Aaron Bambach finished fourth.