Skydiver lands on pit road at Texas

Updated: November 4, 2012, 10:27 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Kevin Harvick's No. 29 Chevrolet was dented in the left side door panel Sunday morning when a parachute jumper's trailing weight device hit the car on pit road as the jumper touched down two hours before the Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway.

Replays showed a sandbag or weighted bag, which trails the parachute jumper and holds the flag in place, slammed into the left side of the car as the skydiver sailed over the hood of the car. The jumper was a member of the Re/Max Skydiving Team and a part of the prerace festivities.

Richard Childress, owner of Harvick's car, came over to survey the damage to the car, which had a significant dent on the 9 of the No. 29 on the side of the race car.

The jumper went over to the car and posed in front of the dent, smiling as they pointed at the damage.

NASCAR inspectors also gathered around the car, along with the No. 29 crew, to inspect the dent. The team pushed the car back to the garage, where the crew members worked diligently to smooth out the dents. After about 15 minutes of work, the team rolled the car back out to pit road.

Harvick won the Nationwide Series race at TMS Saturday night, but he's never won a Cup race at Texas. He finished ninth Sunday.

Terry Blount

ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter

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