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Frankie Kerr is the crew chief for Cole Whitt and the Tristar Motorsports number 72 car. Frankie Kerr is also the world’s toughest crew chief.


On Friday, the 56 year old Kerr had a 3,300 pound racecar fall on him, breaking his right scapula and severely bruising his sternum and ribs, according to ESPN.

“The jack was up, and the jack stand was going under and I saw the jack stand going under, so I went under [the car],” Kerr said.

“It must not have been high enough, and they hit it again with the jack and that’s when it fell over and the jack stand wasn’t in. It landed on me and basically squeezed the air out of me.”

Having a car fall on you is usually a pretty valid excuse to take a day or two, but not for Kerr. He is right back at work one day later for the race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

“It’s no different than [my injuries in] old Saturday night racing,” said Kerr, a four time sprint car champion and National Sprint Car Hall of Famer. “I’ve broke my back three times and that’s the second time I’ve broke the scapula. It’s nothing new.

“It never entered my mind [to go home]. I just won’t be able to help on the car as much. I’ll do what I can and call the race and go home and thank God we have a week off [next week].”

He has his arm in a sling after the incident but is ready to go, saying he wouldn’t even be wearing that if it were up to him.

Tristar Motorsport’s Crew chief back to work a day after a scary accident in the pits Sean Gardner/Getty Images
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Anthony Brown's crowning achievements are rebuilding a $500 Honda VFR and getting rid of his wife's beige Camry. He has owned nine cars in the last ten years, none of them automatic.
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