Crew Chief Frank Kerr Injured Under No. 72 Car at Bristol

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

BRISTOL, Tenn. – Frank Kerr, who calls the shots for the No. 72 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series entry for Tristar Motorsports, was transported to a local hospital earlier today after the car fell on him.

Kerr was briefly trapped under the car and suffered a fractured sternum and possible broken ribs, one of the crew said. Because of space limitations there is no formal garage area at Bristol Motor Speedway, so teams work on their cars behind the haulers or on pit road. Kerr was going underneath the car as a crew member was attempting to place a jack stand underneath it but the car began to roll and the jack buckled.

Despite his injuries, Kerr, who is from NASCAR’s old school, is planning on being at the track Saturday to call the shots for Cole Whitt. His career in racing is long and he was once the crew chief for Stacey Compton, David Reutimann, Bobby Labonte and David Ragan among others. He was also a driver in USAC and World of Outlaws during his early years.

Team spokesperson, Tarra Lambeth, said the team was not ready to release a statement at this time.

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