FONTANA, Calif. – NASCAR Busch Series driver Brad Keselowski was taken to a hospital by helicopter for evaluation after a crash on Lap 68 of Saturday night’s Camping World 300 at California Speedway.
Keselowski, driving a No. 88 Chevrolet owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s JR Motorsports team, slammed the outside wall in Turn 1 head on after being spun by AJ Allmendinger’s car in a multicar crash.
Allmendinger, J.J. Yeley and Eric McClure were racing three wide to the outside of Keselowski when the cars driven by Allmendinger and Yeley made contact. Yeley spun toward the outside wall and hit McClure, while Allmendinger’s car came down the track and caught Keselowski’s.
After going nose-first into the wall, Keselowski’s car became airborne and was hit by Allmendinger’s. Flames erupted briefly from under the No. 88 Chevy and the car finally came to rest at the bottom of the track.
Keselowski was awake and able to put down his window net. He was helped from the car by emergency workers, who held him and kept him from putting weight on his left leg and foot until an ambulance arrived with a backboard and stretcher.
“I thought I was clear and I guess I got clipped in the right rear,” said Allmendinger, who said he could feel the flames from Keselowski’s car as it momentarily was tangled up with the No. 42 Dodge being driven by Allmendinger as they slid toward a stop.
Keselowski went by ambulance to the track’s infield care center, and then was taken to the helicopter to be taken to a local hospital for evaluation.
The race was halted under the red flag for 28 minutes while repairs were made to the steel and foam energy reducing barrier where the No. 88 car hit it.