NASCAR Cup: three drivers treated after Martinsville Speedway race
By AMANDA VINCENT
Three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers — A.J. Allmendinger, Michael Annett and Michael McDowell — required treatment in the infield care center at Martinsville Speedway Sunday after the Goody’s Fast Relief 500.
McDowell suffered dehydration and burns on his feet. He received treatment after being transported via stretcher to the care center. McDowell battled pneumonia and strep throat in the days leading up to Sunday’s race.
“The floors get hot, here, at Martinsville,” McDowell told NBC Sports during the post-race TV broadcast. “I had a fan that broke, so it wasn’t getting in fresh air down to the floorboard. Everything gets so hot, and the brakes are so hot. The next few weeks won’t be much fun putting a driving shoe on.”
Annett was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. Fumes entered the cockpit of his car because of body damage to the car.
Allmendinger, meanwhile, was briefly treated for overheating.
“Everyone asking I am good. Just a bit hot during the race. The @kroger @Clorox Chevy was fast. Unfortunate we ran out of fuel under yellow,” Allmendinger tweeted (@AJDinger
) after the race.
Although one of the yellow flags in the Martinsville race was 29 laps long, giving time for NASCAR to settle confusion over the running order, the yellow flag waved only five times over the course of the 500-mile race. And temperatures were unseasonably warm for late October.