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Jet drier catches fire after crash in Daytona 500

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Safety workers try to extinguish a fire from a jet dryer after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya, driver of the #42 under caution on Monday night at Daytona 500.

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Juan Pablo Montoya, of Colombia, walks from his car after it collided with a track-drying truck on Monday night at Daytona.

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A jet dryer bursts into flames after being hit by Juan Pablo Montoya on Monday night at Daytona.

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Emergency workers put out a fire on a jet dryer during the Daytona 500.

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Race leader Dave Blaney, second from left, talks with Landon Cassill, left, as other drivers gather during a red flag on Monday night.

AP reports: The Daytona 500 has been halted by a fiery explosion caused when Juan Pablo Montoya slammed into a jet drier under caution. Montoya was driving well behind the rest of the field when something on his car broke and he started sliding out of control toward the jet drier, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene.

 Montoya's No. 42 Chevrolet hammered the truck, setting off an explosion and sending fuel pouring onto the famed track. Montoya got out unharmed. The driver of the jet drier had to be helped out of his truck.

 

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