Car falls on crew chief at Bristol – 24h later he’s back

The #72 car fielded by Cole Whitt fell on crew chief Frank Kerr at Bristol

It happened yesterday at Bristol Motor Speedway. Frank Kerr was preparing the car for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice.

While under the Tristar Motorsports car, it fell on him. It’s a crew members nightmare. Kerr was trapped under the car until others came to help.

Injuries? Several. A fractured sternum and possibly a few broken ribs.

The #72 car piloted by Cole Whitt falls on crew chief Frank Kerr at Bristol
The #72 car piloted by Cole Whitt falls on crew chief Frank Kerr at Bristol

Despite that, Kerr is returning to the race track tonight. Though, if he had his way, he would have returned yesterday, for qualifying.

Frank Kerr spoke to Kickin’ The Tires about the garage incident, “I guess the old saying, if you’re going to be dumb you better be tough, right.”

The Tri-Star crew chief continued, “Basically, there was 20 to 25 minutes left to go in practice and we were making a change. The left side of the car went up in the air and they were getting the jack stand under there and I thought it was under by then. But they had to hit the jack again to get it up and the jack rolled and the car landed on top of me.”

“He is a tough old bird, I will tell you that.” said driver Cole Whitt.

Whitt concluded, “I knew he wanted to come back even for qualifying and I texted between practices and said, ‘dude, you need to just chill or lay down. You’re one of the toughest people I know.'”

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will race tonight at Bristol Motor Speedway. 500 laps around the .5 mile speedway. Coverage begins at 7 PM/e.

Cole Whitt will start 32nd.



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