Incredible heads up move by Kurt Busch’s tire carrier Joshua Shipplett. On a pit stop early in the race, Shipplett noticed that the left rear tire on Busch’s car was not fully secure as Busch began to accelerate from pit road.
Knowing that the penalty is a four-race suspension for the crew chief, tire changer and jack man, Shipplett took matters into his own hands and dove onto the hood of Busch’s No. 45 car to alert him to stop the race car.
Busch did just that, the tire rolled out from under the No. 45 machine, but landed inside the pit box, which could potentially prevent the massive penalties for the race team.
Here is video of the drama on pit road:
That could have been ba-da-ba-ba-bad pic.twitter.com/qyzvfmsWJ0
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We won’t know for sure if the move by Shipplett prevented any penalty until NASCAR releases their weekly penalty report following this weekend’s race at Darlington, but regardless, Shipplett needs to be applauded for putting his body on the line to make sure a loose wheel wasn’t bouncing on a race track.