The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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August 1, 2013

Motorsports: Zearfoss breaks a leg -- literally and figuratively

By Shawn Wood

For The Daily Item

Jonestown -- Sometimes good things actually come to those who wait.

Brock Zearfoss, 22, of Jonestown, waited three years to get his first-ever 358 sprint car win on July 20.

"We're trying to make this to be my first full year, but it seems likes there's a little voodoo doll that doesn't want me to run a 358," he said. "We'll get past this bad luck streak and put some wins together."

The bad luck came early this year when he broke his left tibia and fibia in a flip March 30 at Selinsgrove Speedway.

"On a restart, I was behind the 29 car (Derek Steward) and I lost the air off the wing," he said. "I tried to gather the car back in and then it hit the backstretch wall and I was hanging on for a ride."

The rear torsion arm broke and it allowed the rear end to slide back far enough out of the hoop that his leg was in the way.

"It was a freak deal," he said. "The torque tube was flopping around and that's when I knew my leg was broken. I was lucky I didn't break my right leg."

He had the tibia and fibia bones pierce the skin underneath the calf muscle. He was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and underwent two hours of surgery with a prognosis of being out for six weeks.

He returned to racing June 8.

With the departure of Eric Tomecek from the Jon Westbrooke 1W sprint car, Zearfoss found himself a ride for Fridays at Williams Grove and Saturday nights at Selinsgrove.

The ride came about at the end of June.

"Our initial plan this year was to run all of the 358 and 360 shows at the Grove," Zearfoss said. "Right now, we are waiting on my motor to get back. We are building a new motor and then I'll run Jon's car on Friday nights and my car on Saturday nights."

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