As the cars arrived on the pit lane, Zach Price, the rear tire changer of Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Penske Ford, appeared to be struck by Brennan Poole’s No. 15 car and was briefly pinched between the two cars. Price’s helmet came off and he could crawl in the middle of the pit lane.
The race was signaled by a red flag and security personnel attended Price, who smiled and raised his thumb while on a stretcher.
Steve Letarte – former Dale Earnhardt Jr. team leader who now works in the NBC broadcast booth with Earnhardt – explained during the broadcast:
“He slowed down because he is standing directly in front of the 12. As he slows down, you can see that they stacked up behind him, just like on the highway. When someone slows down, nobody expects it, everyone checks and, of course, the chain reaction. There started to be contact and just no room to avoid it. “
In addition to Blaney and Poole, Martin Truex Jr., Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Christopher Bell, Ryan Preece, Chris Buescher, Corey LaJoie and Justin Allgaier – who drive the No. 48 Chevrolet and replace Jimmie Johnson, who tested positive for COVID-19 – were involved in the wreckage of the pit lane. And the race ended early for Truex, Allgaier, Stenhouse, LaJoie, Preece and Poole.
After being assessed and released from the indoor care center, Allgaier – who runs full time in the second level NASCAR XFINITY series – told NBC his views while driving down the pit lane:
“No. 15 actually slipped behind me. I did not know if I had put the gentleman on No. 12 or not. Once the wreckage started happening in front of us and we were all bottled there, one car after another collided. It’s a shame. I hate these guys on this ally # 48. They did a great job. They prepared themselves so well for the circumstances. “