Ben Kennedy injures hand in hard Chicagoland crash

Photo by Jerry Jordan

By Jerry Jordan, Editor

JOLIET, Ill. – NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver, Ben Kennedy, made The Chase thanks to a win earlier in the season but a hard crash at Chicagoland Speedway Friday night left him entering the sport’s playoffs on the injured-reserve list.

It took some time for Kennedy to be released from the infield care center and when he made his way to post-race interviews, required of all drivers competing for the title, he was sporting a hand splint wrapped with an ace bandage.

kennedyhandKennedy said his hand was “bruised” but then later said it was hurting and that he “would get an X-ray tomorrow,” on Saturday. Throughout his photo shoot with the other seven Chase drivers, he kept his bandaged hand, mostly, out of view.

benkennedyWith 38 laps to go, Johnny Sauter got loose going into Turn 2 and slid up into Kennedy. That caused the him to go into a long slide but it looked like he would save the truck until Ben Rhodes hit him low on the track and sent him spinning. At that point the No. 33 truck became a pinball and bounced off the No. 88 of Matt Crafton and then into the outside SAFER barrier.

The caution brought out the red flag, which completely stopped the race for 14 minutes flat. After track safety crews got the debris cleared and the track ready for racing, the caution was displayed and field later went back to green.

Kennedy exited his truck under his own power and was frustrated as he walked to the ambulance for his mandatory ride to the infield care center. NASCAR had previously said he was “treated and released and released from the infield care center.”

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