Matt Kenseth tweets photo with ambulance after bizarre accident
After a bizarre accident caused by an ambulance nearly cost Matt Kenseth a spot in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoffs, he couldn't help but have a sense of humor about the situation.
The driver of the No. 20 car failed to finish the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond Raceway on Saturday after hitting the back of Clint Bowyer due to an ambulance that pulled onto the race track during a caution and unexpectedly stopped at the entrance to pit road.
"Kind of a weird series of events there," Kenseth said, via ESPN. "It didn't turn out good for us. ... Yeah, I was surprised [to see it].
"I have never ran one of these races before, but I sure would think that up in the tower, you're calling pit road and all of a sudden you see an ambulance sitting in the middle of the pit-road entry, you'd probably close it for a lap and wait until it clears out. It's easy for me to say if I'm standing here instead of racing."
Kenseth later tweeted a photo of himself next to an ambulance as he exited the track.
NASCAR senior vice president Scott Miller later addressed the incident, saying the governing body will investigate the occurrence, as the ambulance driver failed to follow instructions to stop before reaching the entrance of pit road.
"It is not a common occurrence for us," Miller said. "It was a very strange thing. The track workers are usually very, very good at following directives."
Kenseth would have missed out on the playoffs had a driver in a must-win situation taken the checkered flag, but he managed to secure a spot in the 16-driver field thanks to Kyle Larson's victory.