Crew member removed from pit lane at Talladega for failing to wear protective gear

A story you don't hear very much, but an issue taken very seriously with the recent issues on pit road.

In the past two weeks, five NASCAR crew members have been injured and four needed to be evaluated at a local hospital. In the NASCAR Xfinity race at Richmond, a massive fire erupted in Brendan Gaughan's pit stall, injurying three crew members (two of his own).

The following week, that same car went spinning down pit road when the notorious 'Big One' broke out as some cars attempted to make green-flag pit stops. Gaughan struck the concrete pit wall and a pit sign, an incident where two crew members of the No. 98 car suffered minor injuries.

Three's a charm? Not really...

The very next day, another fire ignited in an RCR pit stall (Ryan Newman). It was quickly extinguished and no one was hurt. With this rash of incidents, it's understandable why many teams have switched to full-face helmets and why NASCAR is keeping a watchful eye on safety when it comes to pit road.

During Sunday's Sprint Cup race, USA Today reported that one crew member was ejected for a safety violation. Mark O'Donnell, a member of the HScott Motorsports No. 51 Justin Allgaier team, was found to be handling a fuel can behind pit wheel without a head sock or any kind of helmet on. This led officials to remove him from the race.

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Event Talladega
Track Talladega Superspeedway
Article type Breaking news
Tags fire, hscott motorsports, pit road