CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Story by Race Chaser Online Mid-Atlantic Correspondent Marshall Gabell – Jeff Curry/Getty Images North America photo –
For the second time in less then a week, a vehicle has gotten up into the catchfence during a NASCAR event.
Last weekend, it was Austin Dillion’s No. 3 Dow Chevrolet that was turned up into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, which garnered national media attention this week.
Tonight, it was Ben Kennedy that connected with the catchfence.
Kennedy, the great grandson of NASCAR found Bill France Sr., made contact with the fence during Thursday’s UNOH 225 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Kentucky Speedway, a non-restrictor plate track.
The contact damaged the fence, which forced NASCAR to wave the checkered flag with still five laps remaining.
Kennedy was uninjured and was released from the infield care center shortly after the crash.
“I guess I was on top of the wall,” Kennedy said. “I remember being up on the wall for quite some time. I didn’t really see much. I just saw a bunch of dust and debris flying. I came down – and the ride from the wall to the ground was pretty hard. But I’m OK.”
“Thank God for everything NASCAR has done to keep this sport safe. For me to get out of my car under my own power after a hit like that is pretty incredible.”
“I just remember hitting the wall and being along for a wild ride. You don’t know if anyone is going to hit you or what’s going to happen.”
No fans were injured in the incident.
NASCAR is now working to repair the catchfence. Tomorrow’s events are expected to go as scheduled.
“That’s crazy,” Dillon said, according to Jeff Gluck of USA TODAY. “Two (weird crashes) in one week.”