Chris Gehrke was on life support and in critical condition and Carl Miskotten Jr. was reported very serious Sunday as a result of injuries sustained in a crash during Saturday's ARCA stock car race at Talladega Superspeedway.

Gehrke, 25, of Lincoln, Ill., underwent surgery Saturday night at Carraway Medical Center in Birmingham to relieve pressure on his brain caused by a head injury. He was then admitted to Carraway's intensive care unit and placed on a life support system.Miskotten, 42, who recently moved from Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Nasvhille, Tenn., was in the surgical intensive care unit at the University of Alabama-Birmingham Hospital, with unspecified head and chest injuries. He underwent unspecified surgery Saturday night.

The drivers were injuured in a five-car incident late in the race when Gehrke's car was bumped from behind, spun backwards and soared into the air sparking a wild melee on the main straightaway.