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PRN reporter Wendy Venturini to return at Bristol, still recovering from injuries

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Wendy Venturini will return to her duties at the Performance Racing Network this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, almost two months after being struck by a car while running in Novato, California.

Venturini made the announcement in a surprise appearance Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “Tradin’ Paint.”

She had been in California to be a pit reporter for PRN’s radio broadcast of the Cup race at Sonoma Raceway.

Among the injuries Venturini suffered in the incident were a skull fracture and a concussion.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Venturini said of the upcoming race weekend. “It’s been a long two months and I’m not 100 percent, but I’m getting closer and closer and this is step back into real life and real world stuff. So I think it will help in my recovery.”

Venturini is still wearing a knee brace.

“I’m still pretty slow these days, but it’s good,” Venturini said. “I will have a brace on at the race track in a controlled circumstance. I can take it off at night, at home. … It’s healing. My LCL is healing, my brain is healing, my skull is healing. Everything’s taking progress.”

Venturini became the first female to serve as a co-anchor for a NASCAR Cup race in September 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She also has served as a booth analyst for PRN broadcasts this season.

Venturini became the first female broadcaster to call an entire race on a national level during the July 2007 Cup race at Sonoma Raceway for DirecTV. She also has reported on NASCAR for Speed Channel and Fox Sports 1.

NASCAR broadcaster hit by car is now back home

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Performance Racing Network broadcaster Wendy Venturini, who was struck by a car while running June 23 in Novato, California, returned home to North Carolina on Saturday. Her husband Jarrad Egert posted the update on Facebook.

Venturini suffered a skull fracture and a concussion when she was hit by a car. She was released from Marin General Hospital on Wednesday. She could not fly home so Toyota arranged for a motorhome that had been at Sonoma Raceway to drive her and her husband home. Venturini was in California to be a pit reporter for PRN’s broadcast of last weekend’s Cup race.

In the Facebook update, Jarrad Egert wrote: “We made it home safely! Thank you to everyone for the warm welcome home. We follow up with nuero specialist, ortho doc and further audio testing this week. Prayers for Wendy’s patience, her friends know how to make her smile!”

Jarrad had previously stated on Facebook that Venturini had hearing impairment in her left ear due to nerve damage. Jarrad also stated that they were “hopeful for a full recovery in six weeks.”

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NASCAR broadcaster hit by car continues recovery

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Performance Racing Network broadcaster Wendy Venturini continues her recovery in a California hospital after being hit by a car Saturday morning while running in Novato, California, her husband reported in a Facebook post.

Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion.

Husband Jarrad Egert wrote on Facebook about Venturini’s condition: “Her biggest struggle will be allowing her skull fracture and concussion to heal as she continues to fight head pressure, headaches, vertigo and hearing impairment in her left ear due to nerve damage.

“Hopeful for a full recovery in six weeks. Wendy says plyometrics saved her life. Literally! She jumped as she saw the Miata appear going 20 mph out of the corner of her eye. She somersaulted over the hood, roof and trunk eventually coming to a stop on the pavement.”

Sgt. Nick Frey of the Novato Police Department told NBC Sports that the investigation into the incident is continuing. He said that the driver was cooperative and that “impairment was not an issue” in the incident.

Egert also wrote on the Facebook post about his wife: “She has road rash on her tail bone and shoulder and a black eye. In typical Wendy fashion, she had me walking the halls at 5 AM and (requesting) special ordered egg whites from the hospital kitchen. She’s a fighter and confident these setbacks will make her stronger.

“No tears from anyone she said, it increases her head pressure from the fracture. Only positive vibes! She is thankful for the staff and care here in California and cannot wait to be released to return to Caleb and the rest of her family and friends. She is unable to fly due to the pressure of the airplane so we will be making a drive back east soon. Toyota has a motorcoach and driver waiting for us from the NASCAR weekend! We are in good hands! Thanks, everyone!!”

Venturini became the first female to serve as a co-anchor for a NASCAR Cup race in September 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She was in California to be a pit reporter for PRN’s radio broadcast of Sunday’s Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. She also has served as a booth analyst for PRN broadcasts this season.

Venturini became the first female broadcaster to call an entire race on a national level during the July 2007 Cup race at Sonoma Raceway for DirecTV. She also has reported on NASCAR for Speed Channel and Fox Sports 1.

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NASCAR broadcaster struck by car while jogging, suffers skull fracture

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Performance Racing Network broadcaster Wendy Venturini is recovering in a hospital after she was struck by a car while jogging Saturday morning in Novato, California.

Venturini suffered a skull fracture and a concussion, Doug Rice, president and general manager of PRN, told NBC Sports on Saturday night.

Rice told NBC Sports that Venturini’s prognosis “is very good. I was there (at Marin General Hospital) and heard the doctor tell her that.”

Rice also said: “She’s completely coherent and conversational, and I have talked to her on two occasions today. They told her she would have a really good headache for a couple of days.”

Rice said that Venturini is expected to be hospitalized for a day or two.

Venturini became the first female to serve as a co-anchor for a NASCAR Cup race in September 2014 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. She was in California to be a pit reporter for PRN’s radio broadcast of Sunday’s Cup race at Sonoma Raceway. She also has served as a booth analyst for PRN broadcasts this season.

Venturini became the first female broadcaster to call an entire race on a national level during the July 2007 Cup race at Sonoma Raceway for DirecTV. She also has reported on NASCAR for Speed Channel and Fox Sports 1.

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Performance Racing Network announcer to cover Indy 500, Coke 600

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A new name will be added to the list of famous names that have attempted the “double” of participating in the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600 in some form or another.

John Andretti, Robby Gordon, Tony Stewart, Kurt Busch and … Doug Rice?

Sunday will mark the first time that a broadcaster will work both the Indy 500 and the Coke 600. Rice, president of the Performance Racing Network, will cover pit road at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the IMS Radio Network. Then he will make the trip to Charlotte, N.C. to co-anchor PRN’s broadcast of NASCAR’s longest race of the year.

“This is something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time,” said Rice in a release. “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work the Indy 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day, to be truthful, it’s been a dream of mine since Andretti pulled off the first double in 1994.”

The “double” attempt will come with “logistical” support from the Shell Oil Company.

“I’ve always been in awe of the drivers who were able to survive the impact of the double,” said Rice. “And even though this will be different kind of double, it will still be a challenge. I’m betting on energy and adrenaline to keep me going through the day in Indy and during the night for the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte.”

Rice’s day of covering 1,100 miles of racing will have its own hashtag on social media, #DougDouble.