Team Penske’s driver Brad Keselowski was leading at lap 58 during the Windows 10 400 at Pocono Raceway when he headed toward pit road for his stop. Keselowski locked up his brakes and slid thru his pit box sending three crew members, a tire and the jack, flying thru the air.
Front tire changer, Hunter Masling, had to jump over the right-front corner of the #2 Ford. The front tire carrier, Jeremy Ogles, had to jump on the hood of the car to avoid being run over, causing Ogles to lose possession of that tire. As Jackman, Braxton Brannon was maneuvering to get out of the way, he was clipped by the left side of Keselowski’s car. This caused Brannon to flip up into the air, with the 35-pound jack. It looked to me like Brannon got hit by the jack, but the team reported no injuries during the incident.
Keselowski radioed to the crew “I’m sorry about that guys. Everybody OK?” Crew chief Paul Wolfe replied, “We’ll get through it.”
Oh, and that tire that was knocked out of Ogles’ possession, went flying down pit road, rolled into the middle of pit lane and stopped there briefly. Eventually, the tire did continue to roll to the outside wall of pit road, but by then NASCAR was calling for a caution flag. Keselowski was black-flagged for an uncontrolled tire and had to serve a penalty.
Although this incident did put Keselowski one lap down to the leaders at that time, Keselowski and Wolfe managed to finish the race in second place, around nine seconds behind the winner, Matt Kenseth. This was Kenseth’s second win of the 2015 NASCAR Cup Series season and Keselowski’s fifth top five.
written by Donna Bell
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