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    Roseville driver Lisa Young, 29, pictured here with her son Peyton, 2, is recovering at a Roseville hospital from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville.

  • Lisa Young family photo

    Roseville driver Lisa Young, 29, is recovering at a Roseville hospital from injuries sustained in a crash Saturday at All American Speedway in Roseville.

Roseville race car driver upgraded to serious condition

Published: Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Roseville race car driver Lisa Young was upgraded to serious condition Monday as she recovered two days after smashing her car into a wall Saturday at the city’s All American Speedway.

“We’re taking it one day at a time,” her father, Dain Lyon, told reporters outside the family’s Roseville towing shop in the shadow of All American Speedway. “There were angels in the car with my daughter.”

Young, 29, had just started an eight-lap heat about 7:45 p.m. Saturday when she lost control of her No. 50 Acura Integra. She was leading on the second turn of the first lap before she hit the wall.

It was unclear whether she made contact with another car before slamming into the wall head-on at speeds of about 50 mph, said race officials. Young was wearing head and neck restraints, family and race officials said.

Lyon also races at All American Speedway. He had just pulled into the pits and wrapped up his night of racing when Young went into the wall.

“I was racing that night. I’d just parked the car,” he told reporters on Monday. “My daughter was doing very well. She was in first place.”

Young was briefly trapped in the wreckage before Roseville firefighters cut her free and rushed her to Sutter Roseville Medical Center, where she had been listed in critical condition over the weekend.

On Monday, speedway manager Rick Poppert said track conditions were not a factor, chalking up the wreck to an unfortunate accident in a dangerous sport.

“There was nothing wrong with the way the track was laid out,” Poppert said. “It was racing. That’s part of the game. It happens at 40 mph at All American and it happens at 200 mph at Daytona. We look at the situation for what it is – a racing incident.”

Lyon and his wife, Kim, said their daughter’s condition had stabilized Monday. They reported that she was in good spirits and asking about her fellow racers. Hospital officials confirmed that her condition was upgraded Monday from critical to serious.

“It’s just something that happened,” Kim Lyon said, her voice breaking. “She loves racing. She knows the risks.”

Young has spent just two years behind the wheel of a race car, driving in an entry-level class where trophies and thrills, not cash, are the reward.

But Young has spent a lifetime at the old Roseville raceway at the Placer County Fairgrounds, part of a family with decades-long ties to the track. Her family’s H&L Towing and Recovery sets up shop in the shadow of its high-banked oval, and the Lyons have sponsored cars and trucks at the speedway for years.

“She’s been out at the track since she was 4 years old,” Dain Lyon said. The story goes that when Young was carrying her son Peyton, now 2, she went into labor while watching a race at the speedway.

She refused to leave until the race was over.

Little Peyton was in the grandstand with his grandmother on Saturday, watching his mom drive fast. Young was easy to spot.

In a male-dominated sport, Young’s car is a shocking hot pink. She sees herself as a role model of sorts for girls with their own racing dreams.

“She wants younger ladies to know they can do this, too,” Dain Lyon said. “These guys love her. They look forward to her being there.”


Call The Bee’s Darrell Smith, (916) 321-1040.

Read more articles by Darrell Smith



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