Track officials said the rookie was taken by helicopter to a
hospital for further evaluation after being examined at the infield
medical center. Details on the injury were not immediately
Wes Ward, Keselowski's crew chief, said, "Three-wide there with
a lapped car and we were on the bottom minding our own business.
Can't really say fault or whatever, it just happened, but just
thank God the driver is OK. That's all that matters.
"He was conscious the whole time. As soon as he hit the wall
and was down off the wall coming down the racetrack, he was
conscious and alert."
The accident was ignited when A.J. Allmendinger, J.J. Yeley and
Eric McClure bounced off each other while jockeying for position
heading into turn one. The collision sent Allmendinger down the
banking, where he clipped Keselowski and sent him hard into the
Keselowski's car slid up the wall and became momentarily
airborne, then burst into flame and slid several hundred yards
balanced on the top of the wall and its left front wheel before
coming down on what was left of its wheels.
The crash brought out a 28-minute red flag while safety crews
cleaned up the debris and repaired the SAFER Barrier where