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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 provides update on her recovery

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NASCAR broadcaster Wendy Venturini, who was struck by a car while running June 23 in Novato, California, provided an update on her Facebook page a month into her recovery.

Among her injuries, Venturini suffered a skull fracture and concussion. She was hospitalized until June 26. Because of her condition, she could not fly. Toyota provided a motorcoach to take her and her husband back to North Carolina. She returned home June 30.

In her update, Venturini, a broadcaster for the Performance Racing Network, wrote:

“I don’t look differently. But skull fractures are no joke.🤕 The pressure and pain still on the back left side of my head are straight up legit. Cognitively, I feel good. 🙌🏾🙇🏻‍♀️🧠 I’m still sarcastic. So that’s encouraging. 😁

“My ear is still clogged partially with fluid from my skull fracture. While it’s dissipating, it’s still annoying. I feels/sounds like when you have water in your ear. They said 4-6weeks to clear. I have another audio test to do again.

“I feel (son) Caleb has been robbed of his summer with my recovery. I’ve also answered questions from him and reassured him about things that I never expected to at this point. No, Mommy is not dying and is not going anywhere!!

“I miss my NASCAR family. I’m beyond grateful for the outpouring of love and support. I can’t wait to get back on-the-air at Bristol. 🏁 Loud noises are processed differently and bother me still as my concussion subsides, so this will be a huge test for me in 3 more weeks.”

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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