2012 Memorable Calls: Daytona 500

Daytona International Speedway

Juan Pablo Montoya and a track worker escaped injury in a fiery crash when Montoya made contact with a jet dryer during the Daytona 500. (Photo: Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Montoya and a track worker escaped injury in a fiery crash when Montoya made contact with a jet dryer during the Daytona 500.

Montoya’s No. 42 Target Chevrolet was trailing the field under caution when something broke on his Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing entry and he slid into the truck, which carries 200 gallons of jet kerosene. The car and truck both erupted in an explosion of flames that poured fuel onto the track and burned both the racing surface as well as the Turn 3 wall.

Montoya got out unharmed, although he seemed to stagger around the infield grass. Duane Barnes, the jet dryer operator and an employee of Michigan International Speedway, had to be helped from the vehicle. He was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for evaluation, where he was treated and released.

The race was red flagged for more than two hours for crews to repair both the surface and SAFER Barrier.

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