Seventh grader battles through devastating crash to race again in Shootout
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) —
Hundreds of race car drivers descended on Tulsa for one of the most prestigious race series of the year.
His name is perfect for a life on the track, but Chase Randall didn’t know if he’d ever make it back.
“It’s always been my passion and I just liked doing it ever since,” says the confident seventh grader. “It’s like, you can’t compare it to nothing. It’s a one and only feeling.”
He’s only 13 years old.
His dad, Jon, is also the team owner.
“I try and keep it like a business, almost,” he says. “I try and give my son anything I wouldn’t give the other driver. So we try to give everyone the same playing field, the best of the best.”
He’s remembering a devastating crash just four months ago.
“He was knocked out of the car,” Jon says of his son. “They had to get him out of the car. It was pretty scary."
They didn’t take pictures. It was too painful. And Chase’s memory has a blank spot.
“When I was coming around the corner,” Chase says of what he’s been told. “I didn’t see it because I was in a train of like four or five cars. And I was the last car in the line, so I was too close to dodge it.”
The rest of that day is gone.
“I remember some of that day,” he says. “But other than that, no.”
Thursday, Chase took to the track for the first time since the crash.
“The second he was in the hospital, he was like, ‘When can I race again?’" his dad says. “And I said if he has that fire, we’ll make it happen. We’ll find the best doctor. We’ll make sure he’s safe. And that moment he goes out onto the track, I know he’s 100% and he can go to the front.”
Don’t call it a comeback.
“We dreamed of racing a long time ago,” Jon says. “And he knows if he wants to do it, we’ll do it. But the moment he doesn’t want to do it anymore, we’ll find another hobby. But he has the desire and the drive and that’s what we like.”
Call it a return.