Keselowski injures leg in four-car crash in Busch race

Updated: September 2, 2007, 2:36 AM ET
Associated Press

FONTANA, Calif. -- Brad Keselowski, driving for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s JR Motorsports, injured a leg in a four-car crash midway through Saturday night's NASCAR Busch Series race at California speedway.

Brad Keselowski


Track officials said the rookie was taken by helicopter to a hospital for further evaluation after being examined at the infield medical center. Details on the injury were not immediately available.

Wes Ward, Keselowski's crew chief, said, "Three-wide there with a lapped car and we were on the bottom minding our own business. Can't really say fault or whatever, it just happened, but just thank God the driver is OK. That's all that matters.

"He was conscious the whole time. As soon as he hit the wall and was down off the wall coming down the racetrack, he was conscious and alert."

The accident was ignited when A.J. Allmendinger, J.J. Yeley and Eric McClure bounced off each other while jockeying for position heading into turn one. The collision sent Allmendinger down the banking, where he clipped Keselowski and sent him hard into the wall.

Keselowski's car slid up the wall and became momentarily airborne, then burst into flame and slid several hundred yards balanced on the top of the wall and its left front wheel before coming down on what was left of its wheels.

The crash brought out a 28-minute red flag while safety crews cleaned up the debris and repaired the SAFER Barrier where Keselowski hit.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press