Cole Pearn was working wounded Sunday when he called Martin Truex Jr.’s winning run at Sonoma Raceway.
The crew chief for the No. 78 Toyota had a gash on the right side of his forehead, one so noticeable he was asked about it after the race (you can see it in the video interview above).
“I wish I was fighting a bear or a cougar or something cool, but my wife (Carrie) has been on me about building this treehouse for our kids,” Pearn said. “I wanted nothing to do with it, but we were fortunate with the West Coast race we were able to fly out Friday morning, so I actually like had somewhat of a day off on Thursday, and I decided to get involved.
Pearn said the treehouse had been “screwed up a bit” during the first attempt at construction. After tearing it down, he and his wife were in the process of resetting a 4×4 corner post.
“I thought my wife had it and she didn’t, and I walked away to get a clamp and she yelled my name and I turned right into it and basically got KO’d by it,” Pearn said. “But yeah, it went right down to my skull, bled a lot, and had to get stitched on the inside, then on the outside. Was back in about an hour, and I worked until about 9 Thursday night and I finished the stupid thing, so I’m glad it’s done.”
Joe Garone, Furniture Row Racing’s president, joked Pearn’s race-winning strategy that tricked Kevin Harvick’s team was a result of the incident.
“He probably wouldn’t have made that call if he wouldn’t have been hit in the head,” Garone said.