NASCAR driver and Riverton native Justin Allgaier says his crew chief Kelly Kovski has a long road of recovery ahead of him after a race car hit him in the pit area during a World Of Outlaws race Sunday night at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida. Talking to Brian & Kellie of US92.7, the Springfield NASCAR Affiliate, Allgaier says Kovski has a lot of broken bones but is getting great care at the Florida hospital where he was taken after the accident.
Allgaier also thanked the people of Central Illinois for the outpouring of support and donations that have come in to help the Kovski family with future medical expenses.
Aside from being Allgaier’s crew chief, Kovski is also a well known name among local race fans, running the Springfield State Fair ARCA race and various dirt tracks in the area. He is also the store manager for the Hoosier Tire Midwest, owned by Justin Allgaier’s parents.
A YouCaring crowdfunding account has been set up to raise funds for Kovski’s medical recovery. Donations can also be sent to the Kelly Kovski Medical Recovery Fund at Hoosier Tire Midwest, 3886 E. St. Rt. 54, Springfield, Illinois 62707.
Allgaier will reportedly wear a special decal on his helmet to honor Kovski in the NASCAR Xfinity Series season-opening race Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
LISTEN HERE to an excerpt of Justin Allgaier’s discussion with Brian & Kellie. Hear the entire interview Friday morning February 24th from 7am – 8am on US92.7, WUSW.