Scary moment: Flagman ducks to avoid flying sprint car (VIDEO)

On most days, being the flagman at a race is a rather low-key job.

However, in the Aug. 8 USAC Sprint Car race at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., flagman Keith Trusso’s night took an unexpected turn when the car of Roseville, Calif., driver Scott Hall abruptly came flying up into the starter’s stand.

Watch as Trusso ducks to avoid the airborne car and then walks down to assist safety workers in getting the machine back in its rightful place.

The incident occurred one night before a sprint car piloted by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. in a race in New York. On Saturday, a 21-year-old woman died after her three-quarter midget car struck a wall at a New Jersey track.