An email interview with Telvin McClurkin, the Roush Fenway Racing pit crew member who got his freaking foot run over during a pit stop and hopped back up like it was no big deal in the XFINITY Series race last weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (See video above.)
— XFINITY Racing (@XFINITYRacing) October 8, 2017
@nascarcasm: DUDE — YOU GOT YOUR FREAKING FOOT RUN OVER BY A FREAKING RACE CAR. OMG. WHAT THE HELL?
McClurkin: I was trying to put tape on the grill and I just slipped on a lug nut. … We all know what happened next.
@nascarcasm: AND THEN YOU HOPPED BACK UP AND BASICALLY ACTED LIKE GETTING YOUR FREAKING FOOT RUN OVER BY A RACE CAR WAS LIKE A MILD MOSQUITO BITE. HOW? FOR REAL. HOW?
McClurkin: It wasn’t comfortable, but nothing was fractured or broken so I really wanted to finish the race.
— Roush Fenway Racing (@roushfenway) October 8, 2017
@nascarcasm: YOU WERE BACK AT WORK THE VERY NEXT DAY, PITTING THE NO. 6 FOR TREVOR BAYNE. ARE YOU A MORTAL? YOU CAN BE HONEST. DON’T LIE TO ME BECAUSE I’LL START CHECKING THE BIRTH REGISTRY ON THE PLANET KRYPTON. THE TRUTH WILL COME OUT.
McClurkin: LOL, I can assure you I’m mortal. Really it’s just part of the job. When you jump out in front of race cars for a living you know at some point that you will be hit. You just can’t let it get to you.
@nascarcasm: DO YOU FEAR THAT YOU MIGHT BE SETTING AN UNREASONABLE PRECEDENT IN REGARDS TO TAKING A SICK DAY? LIKE, PERHAPS SOME ROUSH FENWAY OFFICE EMPLOYEE WAKES UP ONE MORNING WITH STOMACH FLU, AND IS ABOUT TO CALL IN SICK, BUT THEN REMEMBERS — OH HELL … TELVIN’S FOOT, — SHOTGUNS A BOTTLE OF PEPTO-BISMOL THEN HEADS INTO THE OFFICE TO POTENTIALLY INFECT OTHERS?
McClurkin: I don’t think my event will change any sick-day policies, but I’m sure when I need one from now on they won’t question me.
@nascarcasm: DO YOU PLAN ON USING THIS INCIDENT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE IN ORDER TO CONSTANTLY GUILT RYAN REED? LIKE, IF HE’S ALL — TELVIN — YOU ATE MY LUNCH OUT OF THE FRIDGE — YOU CAN BE LIKE — OH SORRY RYAN — MY MISTAKE, SORT OF LIKE RUNNING A GUY’S FOOT OVER WITH A RACE CAR? I MEAN, I WOULD.
McClurkin: Of course, I won’t let him live it down.
@nascarcasm: HYPOTHETICAL SITUATION — YOU FIND YOURSELF TRAMPLED BY A HERD OF BUFFALO. ONCE THE HERD HAS PASSED, DO YOU IMMEDIATELY KIP-UP AND GET BACK TO WORK, OR DO YOU MAYBE TAKE 20 SECONDS OFF TO RECOVER? BASED ON WHAT WE’VE SEEN, THESE TWO POTENTIAL OUTCOMES ARE WHAT WE DEEM THE MOST LIKELY FOR YOU.
McClurkin: If nothing is broken I will go back to work lol.
@nascarcasm: AS A MEMBER OF A PIT CREW, WHAT DO YOU FIND ARE THE BIGGEST CHALLENGES YOU FACE ASIDE FROM GETTING YOUR FREAKING FOOT RUN OVER?
McClurkin: Performing at a high level every week to have fast pit stops and beat the competition on pit road.
@nascarcasm: NOT SO MUCH A QUESTION AS A CHALLENGE. IF YOU FILM YOURSELF WALKING PAST RYAN REED AND DELIBERATELY STEPPING ON HIS FOOT, AND THEN SHOUTING — REVENGE IS MINE! I’LL SEND A $100 DONATION TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION IN YOUR NAME.
McClurkin: We’ll see about that!