EXCLUSIVE: Clear, clear NOT CLEAR!

Photo by Jerry Jordan/Kickin' the Tires

By Jerry Jordan, Editor
CONCORD, N.C. – Erik Jones was participating in a segment for NASCAR on NBC/NBCSN when he rounded Turn 4 doing about 155 mph at Charlotte Motor Speedway and clipped the crossover steps that someone had left along the front stretch wall.

Jones thought the track was clear as he’d been given the go-ahead from the NASCAR tower but that wasn’t the case. For his part, Jones never really saw the crossover steps and was just far enough away from the wall, he said, to barely clip the lower section. It got his attention but he wasn’t injured.

“I went out to make some laps and apparently the ladder was still out there to get up across the front stretch,” Jones said. “I never really knew what I hit, I didn’t think it was that big honestly, it didn’t sound that big. But yeah, it was pretty exciting and I am sure it tore the car up – it can’t be in good shape.

The car was taken back to the NBC compound for another photo shoot but not before crews worked on smoothing out the front fender and bumper. There was also damage to the exhaust pipe, which can be seen in photos taken by Kickin’ the Tires.

“That car has got a full motor in it, so it’s not like we were exactly going slow,” Jones said. “I would guess somewhere around 150 to 155 (mph). It didn’t upset the car at all really. We got pretty lucky, honestly. It was pretty wild. I have never had anything like that happen before. I am fine. We made our laps so it just added a little excitement.”

Whether or not NASCAR on NBC/NBCSN will show the footage is yet unknown but an employee was seen taking photos of the damage. As for Jones, he wants to watch the replay.

“I am sure they have it,” he said. “I would be interested to watch the helmet cam of it. I would like to see that because I didn’t see it coming. It was a surprise to me.”

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