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Thursday, February 1, 2007
Former Cup driver Millikan injured in hauler mishap

Associated Press

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas -- Former NASCAR driver Joe Millikan was one of two Roush Racing employees injured when their hauler started a chain-reaction accident near a border patrol checkpoint.

Millikan, a passenger, was in stable condition at Thomason Hospital in El Paso, Roush officials said Thursday. Justin Grebe, the driver, was treated and released following Wednesday's accident.

Millikan made 80 Cup races from 1974 to 1986. His best year was in 1979, his only full season, when he finished sixth in the points and was second to Dale Earnhardt in the Rookie of the Year chase. He also scored a career-best finish of second that season in a race at North Carolina Speedway.

The hauler was headed back to Concord, N.C., following a two-day Nextel Cup test in Las Vegas. Two of rookie David Ragan's race cars were in the truck.

The accident happened about 9 a.m. along eastbound Interstate 10 near a U.S. Border Patrol highway checkpoint west of Sierra Blanca. Border Patrol agents say the hauler crashed into a motor home, causing it to hit a tractor trailer, which then hit a second big rig. Traffic was diverted to an access road while the crash was investigated.