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Pace Car Catches Fire at Daytona During the Sprint Unlimited [Video]

Pace car catches fire at Daytona during Spint Unlimited

After several wrecks during the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway, the pace car appeared to have had enough. Before the final segment of the race the car filled with smoke and flames appeared at the back right side of the Chevrolet SS. Driver Brett Bodine pulled the car down to the apron of the track and radioed the tower.

“Tower, we’re on fire,” Bodine radioed.

NASCAR referred all questions about the incident to Chevrolet. In a statement Sunday morning, Chevrolet said the fire was in the trunk area, which contained “a purpose-built auxiliary electrical kit to operate the numerous caution lights during the race.”

“The pace car driver and passenger safely exited the vehicle,” the statement said. “An assessment is underway.”

It’s been a tough week for GM.

Earlier this week, the car manufacturer had to recall 778,562 of its 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 compacts in North America after faulty ignition switches were linked to six deaths.

And a sinkhole swallowed eight cars at the National Corvette Museum in Kentucky.

Denny Hamlin won the race after taking the lead just before the white flag flew and finished uncontested.

“I thought it was tire smoke until I saw flames,” Hamlin said. “And then I realized Brett was on a mission to find the emergency vehicle.”

[via USATodaySports]

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Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon Feud Boils Over into Pit Area After Crash at Martinsville Truck Race [Video]

Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon Feud Boils Over into Pit Area After Crash at Martinsville Truck Race [Video]

Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon Feud Boils Over into Pit Area After Crash at Martinsville Truck Race [Video]

The Kroger 200 at Martinsville Speedway had everything you could ask if your a race fan. From good hard racing, to an accident and a driver trying to purposefully spin another off the track, not to mention a feud between a driver and his owner. 

 

The soap opera started  when Kevin Harvick and Ty Dillon made contact with 13 laps to go in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Dillon tried a risky move on the first turn in order to take over second place from Harvick. He bumped Harvick in the side, and both drivers spun out.

 

 

The two drivers immediately went back at it after the caution, and Dillon tried to spin Harvick out, to no avail. Then, when Harvick was in pit row, he stopped his truck in Dillon’s box so that Dillon wouldn’t be able to enter his pit stall.

 

It gets even better…

 

Back in November, it was announced that Harvick would be leaving RichardChildress Racing for Stewart-Haas Racing. That deal won’t go through until 2014, so Harvick is in a bit of a lame-duck period with his current team. But because he’s on the way out, he didn’t mind unloading on RCR and Dillon, the grandson of RCR namesake Richard Childress, via USA Today‘s Jeff Gluck. 

 

All in all, a good day at the track.

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Dario Franchitti Involved In Scary Crash That Destroyed His Car at Grand Prix of Houston [UPDATE: Franchitti Breaks Back in Crash]

Dario Franchitti Involved In Scary Crash That Destroyed His Car at Grand Prix of Houston [UPDATE: Franchitti Breaks Back in Crash]

Dario Franchitti Involved In Scary Crash That Destroyed His Car at Grand Prix of Houston

 

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was taken off the Reliant Park track on a stretcher after going airborne in a scary last-lap crash at Sunday’s Shell-Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston 2.

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He was complaining about back and ankle pain, but Franchitti’s team owner said he was “OK.” E.J. Viso and Takuma Sato were also involved in the wreck. 

 

Fans at the event also picked up injuries according to the Houston Fire Department (via ABC 12 in Houston). It was later reported that two fans were taken to the local hospital for treatment, and an additional 11 were cared for at the track. 

 

 

As the race finished, medical personnel rushed to the 40-year-old driver’s side to attempt to extricate him from the car. They kept Franchitti inside his car for several minutes as the ambulance arrived on the scene, and he was subsequently placed into head and neck restraints on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital.

 

Sato finished 10th, Franchitti 11th and Viso 12th following the accident. Will Power, whose No. 12 car dominated the action in Houston, pulled away from Scott Dixon to win the race. 

 

[UPDATE: Jeff Olson, Nate Ryan and Curt Cavin of the USA Today are reporting that he "suffered two broken vertebrae, a fractured right ankle and a concussion in a scary crash in which his car went airborne into the catchfence during Sunday's Houston Grand Prix." They also report he underwent "surgery Sunday to repair his right ankle, Target Ganassi Racing spokesperson Kelby Krauss told USA TODAY Sports."]

 

 

[via USA TODAY@theScoreNASCAR via @JennaFryer]

 

 

 

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Tony Stewart: NASCAR's Superstar Breaks Leg During Sprint Car Crash, Will Undergo Surgery

Tony Stewart: NASCAR’s Superstar Breaks Leg During Sprint Car Crash, Will Undergo Surgery [Video]

Tony Stewart: NASCAR's Superstar Breaks Leg During Sprint Car Crash, Will Undergo Surgery

 

NASCAR superstar Tony Stewart suffered broken bones in his right leg during a sprint car crash on Monday night. The injuries will sideline him for at least this weekend’s Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International.

 

David Caraviello of NASCAR.com provides the details:

 

Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed early Tuesday morning that the three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg in a crash at Southern Iowa Speedway, a half-mile dirt oval in Oskaloosa, Iowa. Stewart was transported to an area hospital after the accident, and immediately underwent surgery.

 

Jeff Gluck and Andy Hamilton of USA Today report the crash occurred with five laps left in the Front Row Challenge showcase race.

 

The driver/team owner was leading the 30-lap feature of the Front Row Challenge with five laps remaining when Josh Higday’s car spun on Turn 4 and collected the top three cars — Stewart, Tasker Phillips and Tony Shilling.

 

Track officials said Stewart, 42, was conscious and talking to responders after being placed on a stretcher.

 

 Stewart currently sits in 11th place in the Sprint Cup standings. His victory in the FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks is enough for him to occupy one of the Chase’s wild-card spots.

 

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Driver Tries to Fight Another Driver, Gets Dragged Around Track, Then Slammed Into Wall [Video]

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Mike Robertson and Derek Stoltz, race car drivers, were involved in a wreck over the weekend in North Carolina. Robertson felt that Stoltz was to blame, so he got out of his car and tried to get at Stoltz while he was still in his car. Stoltz took off, dragging Robertson around part of the track before he got loose and slammed into the wall.

 

 

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Cameraman Gets Knocked Out By Merciless Flying Tire at Formula One Race [Video]

Cameraman Gets Knocked Out By Merciless Flying Tire at Formula One Race [Video]

Cameraman Gets Knocked Out By Merciless Flying Tire at Formula One Race [Video]

 

Its was a scary moment following a pit stop on Mark Webber’s Red Bull car during the German Formula One Grand Prix, as a rogue tire came loose and bounced through two garages before drilling a cameraman in the face, sending him flying to the ground. According to the Herald Sun, he was treated by medical staff in the pit lane before being transferred to a medical center.

 

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