|SWT Driver M.K. Kanke Hospitlized After Crash at Sears Point|
June 22, 2001 Afternoon-- "Clueless" update (well, it's not the first time):
June 22, 2001 Morning -- NASCAR Featherlite Southwest Series driver M K Kanke will undergo surgery today for leg injuries he suffered while qualifying for the Snap-On 200 on Thursday afternoon at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma (Calif.).
RacingWest user Clueless has stated, "His femur was broken badly enough that he needs a rod and some pins implanted".
Kanke has accumulated four wins, six top-tens and a 186 point lead in the Series seven completed events of the 2001 season.
If you want to leave a get-well message for Kanke, please email us
GET WELL WISHES FOR MR. M K KANKE
Laurel Kingsley (Morro Bay): Get well soon. From a very big fan.
Lee Elder: M.K. I was stunned to read about your accident. You and the family will be in our prayers.
Cindy (Hilber) Windmiller and Family: Mike We heard about your injuries from my dad. Your speedy recovery will be in our prayers.
Chuck and Nicole Evans: Hi! We are sad to hear you got hurt. We hope you are better in time for Colorado. We admit we have selfish reasons. We live there and want to see you race! My husband and me are praying for you today.
Clever Family: Dear Mike & Chris, We want you to know that we are thinking about you all. We are hoping you have a quick recovery and are thankful that you will be okay.
We miss you all.........
Rob, Lori, Kyle and Ryan
Ed Coughenour: Sorry about your accident yesterday. Best wishes on a complete and speedy recovery. Look forward to having you back soon!
Brian Branson: M.K., Hope to you and yours a speedy recovery.
Your MANY FANS @ Ross Swiss Dairies: Mike.. Hurry and Get WELL SOON!!! We want you back in the 98-Car for MORE Wins.
Steve Schmidt: Here's to a speedy recovery so you can get back in that car and kick some more butt!
Mary Watts: Hi M. K. It looks like most people know you, but you don't know me but I have watched you race for years and you and Brian Germone have always been my favorites. I wanted you to win the championship so much this year. I guess it will be hard to do that now but all of us know that even if you aren't the champion this year you should be. Hoping you get better quick.
Burry Dolbeare : Mend fast, but well, my man. It would be great to see you at Colorado National. Actually, it will be great to see you anywhere.
Migel: Hey Mike this is Migel the kid that was at the Irwindale race a couple of weeks ago I think you will get healed up and be back out there soon to win again Well I hope you get better.
Bill Jenkins #41: Hi Mike, Myself and Harold wish you the fastest recovery in history. If there is anything we can help with give me a call 818/889-0888. Keep the pedal down...
Denny & Carol Kanke and Family: Hey Mike and Chris, We been following your career very closely, even from Minnesota. Great year going, here's hoping to read more positive news in the near future. I'm sure the kids will enjoy having Dad home for awhile. Wishing you a speedy recovery.
Ron Esau and Family: Get well Soon Mike
Brian Norton (San Jose, Calif.): The competition needed a break from you spanking them. Man that car was a mess. Glad you survived that wreck. Get well.
Steve and Gwen Garis: Hi Mike. I hope you recover well. My name is Steve Garis and I am Mike Bonicelli's brother-in-law. Mike told me about your accident last night. I know he was real concerned, and so are Gwen and I. Our prayers are with you and your family during your recovery and we hope to see you behind the wheel of car 98 real soon. Good luck!
Jo Ann, Rick, Betty Jo and Mike: Mike - Wanted to let you know that we are thinking about you and wish you a speedy recovery.
Bernie and Stephanie Hilber: Mike,We were very saddened by the news of your accident, but relieved to here your surgery has gone well and that your doing OK. Of course you, Chris and the kids will be in our thoughts and our prayers are going out to all of you. Get well soon!
Matt Crafton, Danny Crafton, Jeannie Crafton, Jocelyn Janusiewicz, Michael Munoz : Been thinking of you a lot today here at the truck race in Memphis. Glad to hear you are through surgery and on the road to recovery. Get well soon.
Greg & Michelle Fowler Southwest Series #71: M.K. we wish you a speedy recovery so you can get back to your winning ways in the 98 car. We will miss you! Our thoughts are with you and your family, keep in touch.
K. Williams: Just heard the word that the surgery was a success...that's the best way to start the road to recovery. Hope to see you back in the car soon. best of luck to you, and your family.
Ron's Rear Ends: Dear MK, Sorry to hear the news of your recent injury. Ron and I want to send our best wishes for a complete and speedy recovery. We both look forward to you getting back in the racecar and giving all the racing fans something to cheer for... but until then, get lots of rest and try and enjoy the summer!
Take care, Ron & Wendy Zajicek
Dale & Guynita Presley (Nashville, TN): We hope you get will soon we will miss you.
Todd Mumma No. 17: MK, Hope you win the pole...in your race to recovery...You will be back before you know it!
Gordy & Kathy: Mike looks like we can go fishing now.Your always complaining that we go when your racing.don't look like problem now.Hope you feel better buddy.
From Donie, Fueler for WW No. 32 Eric Norris: MK, Hope your feeling better soon, Your a hell of a driver and a pleasure to know as a Friend. Get well soon.
Scott & Stephanie Brandt #58 & the Patrick's Motor Sports Team,Southwest Tour Series : M K our thoughts & prayers are with you. We wish you a speedy recovery & hope to soon have you back in the drivers seat. You will be missed. God Bless.
RPRobley: If we can help in any way just let us know.come back soon.all of us at Patricks Motorsports wish you a speedy recovery.
Dennis Dyer: Mikey, I hope all is going as well as it can for you right now. I really hated to hear about your incident but don't let it slow you down! Your old buddy, Dennis Dyer
Bill, Cayti, Steven & David: Hi Mike, We hope your road to recovery is fast. You get the checkered flag in the hearts and minds of everyone who knows you. We are praying for a speedy recovery.
Jerry (Pops), Scott, & Nancy Bassett: Just to wish you a speedy recovery. At least it didn't happen on national TV.
Tom Ybarra & Family MIKE, glad to hear your on the road to recovery, get well soon so all your fans can enjoy some more exciting racing!!!
A racing fan in Vegas, Eric Pushard: Hey M.K. hope you get well soon and get back in that car so we can see some competitive racing between you and Craig Rauduman. God Bless you and hope all goes safe and well...
Sherrie & Steve Le Blanc: MIke, Hope you have a speedy recovery.
Darrell LaMoure & Crew: Mikie, Hey bud sorry I didn't drop by after the race but you'll be happy to know we did well. Each lap I thought of that time at PIR when you drove up to me under yellow and signaled to your head telling me to be patient which, I wasn't as you remember. I was this race, thanks to you of course I wish we could have traded some paint...
Anyway I thought to take the time to write that article now that your not going to be busy all hours of the night for a few days... Oh, did you hear what Danny Grill mentioned in the drivers meeting Saturday? No Titanium parts! Guess we don't have to worry about you getting in the way any more?
Just kidding buddy see ya on Saturday at Mesa!
Leon and Shirley : Hey Mike: We were really sorry to hear about your accident and broken leg. Keep the faith. You'll get threw this. We are thinking of you and wish you a speedy healing.
Vince Little, # 75 SWT/David Sunflower Seeds: Mike;I hated to see you so fast and not be able to compete. I know as a driver how hard that must have been. I sincerely hope and pray for your fast recovery. God was truly with you because that wreck was a bad one and you could have been hurt a lot worse. Thank God you were not.
Jenny and Judy: MK Kanke - We hope you get well soon and have a quick recovery so we can see you race again this season.
Sheryl Smith (Houston, TX): Dear Mike, You don't know me but I have heard a lot about you from your Aunt Kardyne. She is my best friend. Good luck on your recovery. My husband broke his femur and a few other things 12 years ago in a motorcycle accident. He is doing fine today. So hang in there and you will be back on your feet before you know it. And I am sure you can't wait to get back into your race car.
Auggie and the Vidovich Racing crew (NFSWS 59): Get well soon, have a speedy recovery. We will miss you at Mesa.....
Norris Racing: Get well soon Kanke. From everybody at Norris Racing.
Tru-Line and MEM Motorsports: Good Afternoon, All of us on here at Tru-Line and MEM Motorsports wish you a speedy recovery and will miss you on the track during your time of healing. Get well soon
Lesley Cooke, President
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Pat Chapman & All The Nelson and Nelson Crew: Hope To See Ya Soon, And get well.
Yerf-Dog Fun Karts: Mike,All of us at Yerf-Dog Fun Karts wish you a speedy recovery. We hope to see you back on the track real soon.
Scotty Backman & the Muir Motorsports Crew #05: Hope you make a speedy recovery and hope you get well as fast as you have been all year! Glad to see your surgery went well take care.
Layla and Sam: Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We will be waiting to see you back next year, ready to WIN the championship that you so richly deserve. Best of luck for a speedy recovery.
Bob, Sonny, Clay, Bruno, Al & Lisa: Hey Mike, We all at REF Motorsports are very sorry about your accident and wish you a very speedy recovery. Good Luck, Hang in there, See you at the track very soon.
The Nestroyl's Steve,Paula,Steve Jr: Get Well Mike hope everything is okay!!!
Allen, Troy, Eric and the guys at Beebe Racing.: Hope your doing well, wishing you a quick recovery.
Dave & Renee-Farr Motorsports Photography: Sorry to see your championship run interrupted. Missed you in the race on Saturday, we are sure you would have had a good showing. Danny said he would have to make an exception regarding the titanium. Heard you got up on your feet already. Hope you mend quickly & are back racing soon.
Charlie & Judy Conser: MK: Our hopes and prayers for a full and speedy recovery are yours. I believe the whole Colorado racing community will be joining us.
Amee Blue (Los Alamitos, Calif.): Mike - I've been watching you race for over 20 years now and it saddens me to have heard of your accident. keep your head held high because the important thing is you are around to race another race. We will miss you in your absence but we will not forget you, you will remain in our thoughts and prayers. Get well soon.
O'Donnell Family: From the entire O'Donnell family, we wish you a speedy recovery.
Kevin Vernon And The Gang: Just wishing you a speedy recovery hope to see you back behind the wheel as soon as possible. Good luck and keep your spirits high.
Denny and Caren Strimple, North Fork Photo: MK, family and crew, Our wishes for a speedy recovery and return to the race track soon.
Richard Burton and Race Team #36: We are all sorry to hear about you r crash! We will keep you in our prayers for a SPEEDY recovery! We can't wait for your return to Colorado National Speedway and run with us. Wishing you and your family the best!!
Star Nursery, Inc: M. K., best wishes for a warp-speed recovery from the entire Star Nursery Family. We're all looking forward to seeing you behind the wheel again real soon!
ARE YOU THIRSTY NOW? Get out of there, from the second best DRIVER you. Who NO Who?
YerfDog Crew Member: M.K. & crew, That was terribly a hard hit I seen you go past mesidewayss and it sent chills down my spine cause I knew it was to be a hard hit.
I know you accept the risk when you get in the car (I know cause I race super mods and have been injured) I just still hate to see people have to pay the price of that for the sport we all love! I supposethat'ss why not every one will do it.
Every one on our crew is sad that you were injured so badly. We also wanted theopportunityy to race you as damn hard as we know you would have for the tittle then we could feel we are significant with along with you!!!!!! " Best wishes to heal quickly and hopefully with no long term results you will feel in years to be." JIMMMMMMY HOFFA.......
Ray at Ross Swiss Dairies: Mike: Best wishes on a speedy recovery. I hope you did not allow the Doctors to put any Ford parts in your leg.
Anonymous AOL User: We are glad to hear you are OK- We can only imagine what you are going through.....Get well and get in shape to kick ass next year....
Steven J. Stanley (El Cajon Calif.): M.K. sorry to here about your accident.I have been a fan of yours for years and watched you win at Cajon speedway and twice at Irwindale. Hope you get well soon and get back to racing you are very talented and it was a pleasure to watch you race.
Roy Maynard: Mike, get well soon. We will miss watching you this weekend at Mesa Marin.
Scott and Cherilyn Denherder: MK we hope you get better soon and get back out on the track.
From Kenny Shepherd and Family: Mike, I was behind you on the track when the wreck happened and I'm very sorry about your leg. After driving past your car my heart sank and I was very happy to hear that other than your leg the rest of you was OK. My little girl Brittney wanted to make sure you would be back for Trick or Treating this year :). Hurry Back!
Ron & Dena Daniel : Get Well!
The Eisenreich Family: Dear Mike, We heard the news of your accident and we are with you in thoughts and prayers. Does this mean we get to see you and your family more often until you get back to racing? We miss you and wish you well. Love, Joe, Janet, Karl & Julia
Scott Shepard & Family Hey Mike; I heard you'll actually get a chance to read your e-mail, since you'll be laid up a while. You seem to be the racing stud now, with the exception of this little set-back. I don't think I've seen you since my wedding, but I look at the racing news to see how you're doing. Congratulations on the 2 kids! How're your dad & Danny & Linda? I've got 4 boys (ages 6 though 13) and live in Castaic. My wife & I have our own small non-profit agency supporting folks with disabilities and I teach part-time at CSUN. Hope you get well soon & get back on the winning track! Best wishes to Chris.
Jim Greenhut Mike, Long time no see. See you all the time in the racing news. You have always ben something else! Sorry to hear about your leg. Heal fast and get back to it. Your friend from SWAS.....