'Breaking' news: Dale Earnhardt Jr. interview leads to broken ankle
There's no doubt NASCAR is a dangerous sport, but even covering racing can have its dangers. Unfortunately, Motor Racing Network's Dustin Long found that out the hard way.
While interviewing Dale Earnhardt Jr. Friday at Pocono, Long followed the Hendrick Motorsports driver through the NASCAR inspection area and fell off the scales.
The result? A badly broken ankle and ton of social media responses. (Warning: The image may be tough for some to view.)
Long initially just tweeted a picture of his ankle with no additional context, but Dale Jr. was quick to fill in the holes in the story.
In typical NASCAR fashion, the community came out in a big way to support Dustin and his injury.
@dustinlong Heal up quickly!!!— TalladegaSuperS (@TalladegaSuperS) June 7, 2014
Former Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski could certainly relate to Long's injury. Keselowski broke his ankle during a test session in 2011 and then went out and won Pocono. Knowing what he was going through, Keselowski offered his own bit of advice.
Not to be kept down, Long will continue covering the weekend's events at Pocono.
#NASCAR .. Thanks for all the kind notes. Appreciate it as I sit with my ankle elevated in my hotel room and work on stories for you.— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) June 7, 2014
#NASCAR … Every day is a new opportunity folks! Have fun, be bold and don't let anything bring you down!— Dustin Long (@dustinlong) June 7, 2014