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Nemechek injury deemed inoperable

If NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver John Nemechek survives, it will be months before the extent of his inoperable head injuries can be determined, doctors said Monday.

Nemechek was on life support at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami after suffering a "severe brain hemorrhage" in a crash Sunday at the Florida Dodge Dealers 400 in Homestead.

The brain injury is inoperable, said Dr. Phillip Villanueva, director of the hospital's neuro-trauma team. "The injury would be described as an 8{ on a scale of one to 10," he said.

Nemechek was hurt when his truck hit the wall in Turn 1 on the 144th lap at the 1.57-mile track. Jay Sauter, who sustained a concussion in a wreck in Turn 4 on the 157th lap, was in good condition.

The track began working Monday to reduce the severity of the turns in an attempt to attract a Winston Cup race. The changes were planned before the accidents.

FORMULA ONE: Former Ferrari driver Michele Alboreto said in court in Imola, Italy, that a mechanical failure caused Ayrton Senna's fatal crash during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Alboreto was the second driver to testify in the trial of six top Formula One officials charged with manslaughter in the death of the three-time champion.

NHRA: Driver Keith Stark was released from a Gainesville hospital eight days after being injured in a crash at the NHRA Mac Tools Gatornationals. Stark, 42, was released from Shands at the University of Florida, where he had surgery on his left hand and was treated for injuries to his right forearm. Top Fuel driver Marshall Topping, hurt in a separate accident, remained in good condition at Shands with multiple fractures. Funny Car driver Al Hofmann, also hurt at the Gatornationals, was released Wednesday.