NASCAR Crew Member Belly Flops Onto Car At Portland Xfinity Race Won By Van Gisbergen

shane van gisbergen at portland
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shane van gisbergen at portland
(NASCAR via Getty Images)

His new nickname should be The Sledgehammer.

During the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Portland International Raceway on Saturday, RCR driver Jesse Love got into an accident with 19 laps to go and suffered serious front end damage that buckled his hood.

When he entered the pits, one of his crew members used an unusual method to fix the problem.

He belly-flopped onto the car.

He then proceeded to punch parts of the hood to flatten them out as other crew members joined in to help with the “repair” process.

Love would renter the race and ultimately finish on the lead lap in 19th.

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Justin Allgaier and Shane Van Gisbergen would go on to battle it out in the closing laps for the win, with Van Gisbergen pulling ahead for the last three laps to claim is his first victory in the series.

The road course expert said on FS1 after the race, “it was very cool, had some great racing.”

“That was so much fun, really, really cool racing, I love these cars. They’re great.”

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