OFFSTAGE: Jake Owen’s Go-Cart Accident Races Him Into ER

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NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick’s wife turned 40, and suddenly Jake Owen is in the emergency room? I wish I had more details, but all I know so far is this, via Twitter : Harvick wanted to have a “badass surprise party” for his wife DeLana’s 40th birthday on Sunday (July 7). But two people ended up in the hospital. One of those was Owen, who was in what he called a “little go kart accident.” He posted a picture of the two doctors attending to him , saying that he was trying to beat Harvick and Clint Bowyer (another NASCAR driver). “I’ll stick to singing country songs,” he wrote late Sunday night after posting a photo of himself earlier in a cervical collar and an Allman Brothers Band T-shirt saying, “In the ER … What a way to end the weekend.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.