Watch the video as David O’Dell was injured but still completed the pit stop service
On Sunday, NASCAR raced in Atlanta, Georgia. It was the first event on the reconfigured 1.54-mile of Atlanta Motor Speedway. And it was a thriller of a race from start to finish.
Watch the NASCAR pit crew member video below.
Christopher Bell pitted his No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing machine. At the same time, Daniel Suarez pitted just ahead of Bell. It’s tight spaces, fast cars and faster crew members.
The jackman’s launch across the box was slowed due to the car of Suarez. That slight hesitation is all it took for an injury to occur.
Christopher Bell ran over the leg of jackman David O’Dell. Like a boss, O’Dell proceeded to complete the stop. Without losing time, jacking up the right side, running across the car and finishing on the left side. Injured while carrying a heavy jack, no problem.
However, O’Dell was then treated at the medical center. He received stitches and did not jump back over the wall for the remainder of the event.
The Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 of Kyle Busch was taken out in a crash. Busch’s jackman, Kellen Mills took over duties on the No. 20 car.
Team owner Joe Gibbs was seen giving the team a pep talk after their jackman was injured.
Christopher Bell’s 2nd place run disallowed
On the final lap, Bell went under the double line off turn two. He advanced his position on Ross Chastain and found himself in a battle to win the race in the final corner.
Bell completed the race, finishing 2nd in the thrilling show. However, after the race, Bell was relegated to the last car on the lead lap.
NASCAR announced rules for Atlanta earlier in the week. Drivers was not allowed to cross under the double line while advancing their position. Per the rules, Bell’s 2nd place finish was disallowed.
David O’Dell is expected to be back over the wall next week at Circuit of the Americas per the team.
Christopher Bell comments after the race
“I don’t know. I haven’t seen a replay or anything, but I saw a hole there and tried to take it and we came together,” Bell stated.
He continued, “I know he was coming down, whether or not – it kind of is what it is. Our DeWalt Camry was extremely fast today. We’ve been pretty fast all year, just haven’t got the results to show for it.”
Bell added, “Just have to keep digging.”