Daytona 500 goes green again after fiery explosion

Daytona 500 goes green again after fiery explosion

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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 Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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by AP

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 1:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 28 at 1:18 AM

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Daytona 500 has restarted after a fiery crash and a lengthy delay.

The race was red flagged for 2 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds while track workers scrambled to fix the track.

Journeyman driver Dave Blaney was leading when a problem with Juan Pablo Montoya's car sent him spinning under caution 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 on, and NASCAR red-flagged the race with 40 laps remaining.

NASCAR officials examined the track surface and determined the race could continue.


 

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