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NASCAR Cup: ambulance problems didn’t start at Richmond Raceway

By AMANDA VINCENT

As the result of an incident in the Sept. 9 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular-season finale at Richmond (Va.) Raceway involving an ambulance parked at the track’s pit entrance and resulting in the retirement of Matt Kenseth from the race, several drivers were asked about ambulance-related issues at race tracks during the NASCAR playoffs media day on Wednesday.

“My expectations are very low, already, to begin with,” Keselowski said. “I’m not all that worried about it (ambulance response time). Our thoughts are just make the car right, so you don’t have to worry about it.”

Apparently, ambulances getting lost or otherwise taking too long to get from an on-track incident to the track’s infield care center is a common problem.

“The ambulances, for whatever reason this year, have been a little more of an issue, as far as getting to the accident, getting back from the accident, getting lost in many circumstances going back to the infield care center,” Kevin Harvick said. “There are some things they have to work through from the NASCAR side of things to clean those things up. We heard Steve O’Donnell (NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer) talk about and owning up to we need to fix this and make it better, and that’s the most important thing.”

NASCAR partnered with American Medical Response, beginning at the start of the season, to provide four emergency trauma physicians who would travel to all Cup Series races on a rotation basis. Other track safety personnel, including ambulance personnel, though, are contracted by each race track.

“If you were in bad shape, it would be very crucial to get there in quick time,” Martin Truex Jr. said. “Sometimes, the ambulances just don’t get to us quick enough, as well. Those are all issues that need to be addressed.”

In the case of the ambulance being parked in the wrong place, obstructing the pit-road entrance at Richmond, during a caution, NASCAR claims the ambulance driver was told to stop early but that ambulance driver didn’t respond to multiple directives from the sanctioning body.

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