Josh Bilicki’s Scary NASCAR Crash at the Charlotte Roval Triggers Debate Over Kerbs

Published 10/10/2021, 7:54 AM EDT
DOVER, DE – MAY 03: Josh Bilicki, driver of the #93 WG Speeks/Carrier Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the NASCAR Xfinity Series Allied Steel Buildings 200 at Dover International Speedway on May 3, 2019 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)


During the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval, the red flags had to come out. This was because poor old Josh Bilicki found out how devastating the kerbs were. While heading down the back straight and into the chicane, Bilicki tried to be clever and cut the corner.

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Unfortunately, he completely forgot about the black and yellow kerbs on the inside of the corner. Needless to say, he practically obliterated the kerb, and it did a number on the #07 car. When he smashed into the kerb, it launched the front wheels of his car in the air and wrecked his front fender. When the front finally came back down, his rear wheels also lifted into the air.

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Meanwhile, the returning Michael Annett managed to do a good job of avoiding hitting Bilicki. In the end, it was race over for the 26-year-old.

What was the impact of the Josh Bilicki incident?

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Naturally, this has triggered a fresh debate about kerbs being used in NASCAR road courses. Since the Xfinity cars have little ground clearance, it could spell disaster. This was not an isolated incident either, as a similar issue cropped up at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in August.

TALLADEGA, AL – APRIL 27: Josh Bilicki, RSS Racing, Chevrolet Camaro W.G. Speaks/Carrier (93) during qualifying for the Xfinity Series MoneyLion 300 on April 27, 2019, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, AL.(Photo by Jeffrey Vest/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Around that time, Joey Logano said, “If you ask my opinion, just take it out. Just get rid of it in general. Turns 5 and 6 don’t need to be there and here’s why. You can’t go too wide on that section anyway, or not really effectively. If you go too wide, the third placed guys will blow your doors off through Turn 7 because you have no momentum. You’ve got to go single-file through there with any speed.”

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Speaking of Indianapolis, that incident brought out a red flag while the remaining kerbs were either fixed or removed. When William Byron spoke about the incident, he confessed that it was like hitting a brick wall. Now, the issue has flared up once again at the Charlotte Roval in the Xfinity race. Hopefully the issue should be alright when the Cup Series drivers take to the track.

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