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ANIMATED: Daytona 500 Shuttle Bus Cruises Down The Track To Help Restart the Race

The 2012 Daytona 500 is set to resume after an hour-plus delay due to an amazing crash that set the track on fire. Juan Pablo Montoya crashed into the back of a jet dryer vehicle carrying 200 gallons of jet fuel. The crash created an instant explosion and set the track on fire. Repairs to the track took well over an hour, so all the drivers, stuck on the backstretch under a red flag, got out of their cars and congregated. Brad Keselowski started tweeting and Carl Edwards requested some Cheez-Its. Unfortunately, Edwards removed the tear-off from his windshield - a no-no for a driver while there's a red flag. Edwards will restart at the back of the pack.

With all the drivers out of their cars, a shuttle bus "carpool" was requested in which a member of each pit crew went to the backstretch to help each driver get strapped in. It resulted in this hilarious image of a shuttle bus simply rolling down the middle of the track. It was just another surreal scene in an unbelievable night. Animated gif of the shuttle after the jump:


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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.