One of two RCR crew members injured in pit fire released from hospital

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RICHMOND, Va. – Richard Childress Racing announced that one of its two crew members injured in a pit fire during Friday’s Xfinity race at Richmond International Raceway has been released from a local hospital.

The team confirmed that Josh Wittman, gas man for Brendan Gaughan’s team, was released Saturday.

The team stated that rear tire changer Anthony O’Brien remains in a Richmond hospital for further evaluation and is in good condition.

RCR stated: “Thanks to quick action that was taken by the Richmond International Raceway fire crew and NASCAR medical staff. The Sparco safety equipment, including the crew members’ firesuits, did its job in protecting them.

“We thank the NASCAR community for their continued support.”

A fire erupted in the pits after a fueling head malfunctioned during Gaughan’s pit stop, spilling fuel. A spark from a lug nut as O’Brien changed the left rear wheel ignited the fuel.