Greg Van Alst, 42, suffered a fractured vertebra in his back in a vicious wreck last October in the NASCAR Truck race at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“I was questioning things in the hospital until I went home and talked to my wife (Christi) and she said, ‘That‘s who you are. It‘s what we do. I‘m not going to tell you to quit.‘ So, by Sunday evening after the wreck I was ready to start the path back,” Van Alst told

After a more than 12-week recovery period, Van Alst was cleared by his doctors to return to competition.

While he still would entertain opportunities to run in Xfinity or Trucks, Van Alst appears focused on remaining in ARCA, both to earn more wins but also to help build his fledgling Greg Van Alst Motorsports organization.


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