Kevin McDowell Released From Hospital After Scary Incident in the Pits

Jesse L. Medford@JesseMedfordContributor IJune 2, 2010

Late in the May 30 Coca-Cola 600, Roush Fenway Racing rear tire carrier Kevin McDowell was clipped by the No. 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet on pit road. Stewart was exiting his pit during green flag pit stops.

The incident was caught live on Fox as the Stewart pit stop was being reported by Steve Byrnes and televised in the split screen.

I was standing on the outer edge of the Greg Biffle pit taking photos, when I witnessed Crew members frantically running around screaming “medic” and waving urgent hand gestures past the crowd of people. I immediately tweeted from my phone, “need medic at biffle pit now.”

Moments later McDowell was helped to a sitting position just in front of me. He looked to be in a lot of pain.

I left the area as a golf cart arrived, because they needed room to work. A few minutes later I witnessed the golf cart going towards the infield care center with McDowell on back.

Byrnes said on FOX after McDowell was carted off, that “he was in good spirits, he was smiling, but he was limping.”

McDowell was later examined at an area hospital and was released Monday morning after X-rays showed he received no broken bones.

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