Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Kenny Van Blargen needs your prayers...

With all the things going on in the world right now, there is one more, that could use your thoughts and prayers. Kenny Van Blargen flipped his race car Sat. night and broke his neck and got really banged up. Add to the mix the fact that Kenny is 81 years old. As it stands now, Kenny has a broken neck and a breathing tube. Tomorrow they will attempt to remove the tube, but Kenny is looking at partial to full paralyzation, and it is very touch and go. Kenny is a great guy, and a friend, he is also a big part of sprint car racing history. I love to listen to his stories of racing and general hell raising. So if you have a chance, remember Kenny in your prayers tonight...


  1. Go Kenny! You still have many laps to make and lots of stories to tell! When my dad was pit boss and mom sold tickets at the old Atascadero track I never missed a Saturday night race. Your name came up often when winning the trophy dash or main event, or both! Hang in there, we're pulling for you
    Bill Bowers

    Your name was announced on a regular basis at the old Atascadero track usually for winning the trophy dash or main event.

  2. Sherri Van BlargenMarch 26, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    Driver needs your help
    Driver Needs Your Help Veteran race car driver, Kenny Van Blargen of Paso Robles, Calif., was seriously injured in a WRA, (Western Racing Association), vintage car race in Havasu City, Ariz. on Saturday 3/12/11. The accident took place during a main even... re-start. He ran over a wheel and flipped hard in his open cockpit sprint car. He was air lifted to University Hospital in Las Vegas where he underwent major surgery for serious neck and spinal cord injuries. Kenny is a long time racer who has won literally hundreds of races. He raced hard-tops and jalopys in the late 1950's and early 1960's. He moved to the NASCAR modifieds and super modifieds in the latter 1960's and 1970's and from there to sprint cars. He ran some races with the CRA, California Racing Association, but mainly raced at local tracks in central California. He was a many time winner in everything he drove and has numerous track championships to his credit. While his insurance will help cover a good portion of his medical expenses and rehabilitation, it will not cover it all nor does it cover any of the cost of transporting him back to California to a rehabilitation center. This will be quite costly as he must travel by medi-vac, air. His family and friends have opened an account in his behalf for donations to help with his transportation back to a California rehabilitation facility and to help with his other numerous ongoing expenses. Kenny entertained the crowds during his career which spanned into 7 different decades. Now he needs the help of his friends and fans. Please write donation checks to: FBO: Kenny Van Blargen and mail them to; Santa Lucia Bank P.O. Box 1947 Paso Robles, Calif. 93447 By: Robert Woodland