Thursday, September 28, 2023

Video: Justin Fiedler, Erik Jones’ Rear Tire Changer, Shares Wild Helmet Cam Footage From Nashville Pit Stop

Justin Fiedler, the rear tire changer for Erik Jones and the No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports team shared some scary helmet cam footage from Nashville Superspeedway.

So, you want to be a tire changer for a NASCAR Cup Series race team, huh? You may want to watch this helmet cam footage from Justin Fiedler, the rear tire changer for the No. 43 Petty GMS Motorsports team from Nashville Superspeedway, before you fully commit.

Late in the race, Erik Jones brought the car to pit road, and as Fiedler was changing the left rear tire, a shower of sparks from the lug nut and air gun caused a stream of fuel coming from the No. 43 car to ignite.

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In an instant, a fireball erupted and the rear of the No. 43 car became engulfed in flames. Fiedler didn’t miss a beat and attempted to tell his driver to stay in the pit stall, as the tire had not been changed.

According to the tweet from Fiedler, Jones returned to pit road the next lap and got the left rear tire changed.

Jones would go on to score an 11th-place finish in Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup Series Ally 400 at Nashville following the wild fiery pit stop.

Fortunately, for the No. 43 team, the left rear wheel did come off on the next pit stop, unlike at Kansas Speedway, where the team spent more than 10 minutes on pit road cutting the right rear wheel off of the car.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is an award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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