Truck crashes into catch fence ending race at Kentucky Speedway

Ben Kennedy crashed Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Ben Kennedy crashed Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Ben Kennedy crashed Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.

Only days after a wild finish at Daytona International Speedway, a crash sent a race truck into another catch fence.  The incident happened Thursday night during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.  Driver Ben Kennedy was racing for position with only five laps to go when he made contact with the truck being driven by David Gilliland just past the start-finish line of the 1.5 mile speedway near Sparta Kentucky. Kennedy’s Toyota was sent head first and into the inside wall; the truck lifted up and into the catch fence. The mangled machine then rode along the top of the SAFER barrier entering turn 1 before falling down and sliding to a stop in the middle of turns 1 and 2.

“Oh gosh, that was a hard hit,” Kennedy to his crew chief on the radio. “I thought I was clear.”

After a few moments, Kennedy climbed from the remains of the truck and walked to a nearby ambulance unaided. MORE>>>

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