Posted February 27, 2012 on
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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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Okay, so in the last post I asked if it could get any worse tonight at Daytona I guess the answer is yes. Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a safety truck.
Nobody was seriously injured, thankfully. Dave Blaney is the current leader, and due to the jet fuel that was burning on the track for several minutes, it is unknown if the race will continue...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Journeyman driver Dave Blaney is leading the Daytona 500, which has been red-flagged after Juan Pablo Montoya's car sent him spinning into a safety truck.
The truck, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene, burst into flames. Montoya's car slid into the grass, and he gingerly climbed from it as fire trucks rushed to the scene. The inferno raged...
When I look at the guys that are starting the Daytona 500 Sunday on FOX -- guys like Joe Nemechek, Dave Blaney and Michael McDowell who are on such limited resources -- it really is one of the feel-good stories of Speedweeks here in Daytona.
These guys will receive at minimum a little more than $250,000 each for starting the race Sunday. Now obviously to one of the top-tier teams...
A bizarre chain of events occurred at Daytona International Speedway when Juan Pablo Montoya slid into the back of a jet dryer in Turn 3 and ignited a fire fueled by 200 gallons of jet fuel.
Moments before the crash, Montoya radioed to his crew that he had a vibration. He was running 30th at the time of the accident.
The Daytona 500 was immediately red-flagged on Lap 160, with...