Fire Rips Through Kenseth Camp

NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth's gas man and three track safety workers were injured when a fire erupted in the No. 17 team's pit just seconds after a routine stop late in Sunday's Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway.

Rick Machinski and the safety workers were taken to the infield medical center for treatment after the blaze was quickly put out.

One of the safety worker's protective clothing caught fire and he dashed behind the pit and rolled around on the concrete apron until the flames were extinguished.

The cause of the fire was a spark from the left-rear tire that ignited gas that had spilled. When Machinski caught fire, he dropped his gas can, which spilled even more fuel, and it then caught fire in front of and behind the pit wall.

Kenseth, who drives for Roush Racing, went back on the track and was able to continue in the event.

The track workers were released from the infield care center, but Machinski - who wasn't wearing a helmet - was taken to a local hospital with second-degree burns on his neck and face.

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