If you thought Illinois man Donnie Clevenger was worried about rolling his Cadillac Escalade and breaking some glass after losing a spectator race to a Chrysler 300 at the Macon (IL) Speedway, you’d be mistaken. Not only did Donnie shake off the loss, he’s also taking the roll-over at the end of the race in stride. Things happen when you line up spectator rides. Donnie gets the game.
“Yea I flipped my Escalade at Macon Speedway. It was awesome,” Donnie reported on Facebook. “I knew what I was risking and I will be back in September to run again. Make sure to come out to the track and watch the show lol #shithappens.”
Donnie added that he has full coverage, but you have to wonder if he carries insurance against roll-overs at a dirt track while racing some guy in a Chrysler 300. The great part about this video and crash is that Donnie isn’t mad. “It’s all in good fun,” he told a Facebook supporter while adding Monday that his “shoulder and ribs hurt like a bitch now lol” and that his ribs are bruised “pretty good,” but it was “fun and can’t wait till the next race.”
The spectator races at @maconspeedway came to a surprising end Saturday night and left one person with some explaining to do when he gets home…head to https://t.co/xMQJz9gztO to watch the entire event on demand now! pic.twitter.com/O0DfALA47s
— SPEED SPORT TV (@speedsporttv) April 19, 2021
I didn’t wake up today thinking I’d get into spectator racing, but here I am absolutely fascinated by people putting their legitimate cars — like, pick up the kids from school around town drivers — on the line for racing glory. This is what I picture the early days of NASCAR looking like, and it’s awesome.
Donnie’s a hardworking man who clearly enjoys a little adventure in his life, and there’s nothing wrong with that. This is what makes this country tick — men being men. We’ve been beaten over the head for years that men shouldn’t leave their comfortable lifestyles and take risks. Not Donnie Clevenger. He’s all gas, no brake.