CALISTOGA, Calif. — Robert Ballou suffered a broken neck during a crash as part of Saturday’s non-winged sprint car feature during the Louie Vermeil Classic at Calistoga Speedway.

Ballou flipped during the feature, which was sanctioned by AMSOIL USAC/CRA Sprint Car Series. Ballou was taken to a local hospital following the crash, where he was diagnosed with a broken neck according to a statement on the Robert Ballou Motorsports Facebook page.

“As many know Robert took a nasty ride tonight at Calistoga. As of now we know he has broken his neck with surgery likely needed but at this time we are awaiting the next steps. Thoughts and prayers are appreciated as we wait. We will try to keep all updated as we can.”

Ballou is the defending USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series champion and has won four times in USAC National competition this season. He is currently second in the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series standings to Brady Bacon.