Injured pit crew member suggests safety change

- Stock car racing is not only dangerous for drivers - but also the men and women who service the car. Pit crew members put their lives on the line every race. Jackman Jon House knows that all all too well after an accident in July sent him to the hospital with serious injuries.

Jon House is a fighter.

"Back in 2008 I was diagnosed with stage 4 Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma," House explained. 

So for him, the terrifying accident during an ARCA race on July 29 at Pocono Raceway was just another bump in the road.

"To be honest with you I watched it about 100 times," House said. 

Driver Gus Dean was unable to stop after brake failure. The impact sent jackman Jon House feet into the air. Although he walked to the ambulance, he was hospitalized with a bruised tailbone, bruised elbow, broken toe, three small brain bleeds and a concussion.

"The last thing I remember is being on pit wall and crew chief saying 5 [stalls] away and then next thing I know I wake up in the hospital," House said. 

Jon's year's of going over the wall, saved him from more serious injuries.

"All the knowledge and training I received over the years they always told you if you know you're going to get hit it's always best to jump just for the fact of you will roll with the car rather than take a blow to the knees," House said. 

The mandated helmet also saved his life.

"They said there was about a 4 inch crack in the back of it. Me personally I would like full face helmets sport wide," said House.

House plans to take that suggest to both ARCA Racing and NASCAR officials.

Helmets for pit crews were not required in ARCA or NASCAR until 2002. Although safety on pit road has improved, House says it will always come with dangerous risks.

"In the back of your mind you know there is a risk, but the few times that it does happen you don't really think about it," House said. 

Prior to the accident, House was planning to continue his career part-time. Since the accident, he is considering retiring from the sport completely.

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