Jet drier catches fire after crash in Daytona 500

Jet drier catches fire after crash in Daytona 500

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Safety workers try to extinguish a fire from a jet dryer after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, under caution during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 27, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Harrelson/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Posted on February 28, 2012 at 12:05 PM

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Daytona 500 has been halted by a fiery explosion caused when Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet drier under caution.

Montoya was driving well behind the rest of the field when something on his car broke and he started sliding out of control toward the jet drier, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene.

Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet hammered the truck, setting off an explosion and sending fuel pouring onto the famed track.

Montoya got out unharmed. The driver of the jet drier had to be helped out of his truck.

Dave Blaney was leading at the time of the wreck, followed by Landon Cassill, Tony Raines and David Gilliland.

 

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