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2012 Daytona 500: Juan Pablo Montoya Runs Into Safety Truck, Sets Huge Fuel Fire

With just 40 laps to go in the 2012 Daytona 500, we have a red flag in one of the most bizarre twists you will ever see in NASCAR. Drive Juan Pablo Montoya lost control of his car during a caution and ran into the back of an emergency jet dryer that was full of fuel. As a result, Montoya's car immediately blew to pieces and the emergency truck, full of 200 gallons of fuel burst into flames.

The resultant damage to the track could end the race. Dave Blaney currently leads the race with forty laps to go. This is certainly a new one for NASCAR.

An animated gif of the fuel setting the track surface aflame below:


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Photographs by, thelastminute, turtlemom nancy , fesek, kthypryn, justinwright, sue_elias, pointnshoot, and scrapstothefuture used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.