MIS update on Barnes' fiery escape from Daytona jet dryer

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Michigan International Speedway press release

Michigan International Speedway had three jet dryers and two employees at Daytona International Speedway assisting with Monday’s Daytona 500. The jet dryer driven by Duane Barnes, 52, of Addison, Mich., was hit from behind by Juan Pablo Montoya during a caution.

Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crashes into a jet dryer truck, fire catches
Juan Pablo Montoya, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet crashes into a jet dryer truck, fire catches

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Barnes was released from Halifax Medical Center after a precautionary evaluation by doctors late Monday night.

He returned to the racetrack to watch the end of the race.

Barnes has worked in the Maintenance Department at Michigan International Speedway for 24 years. He has frequently assisted other International Speedway Corporation-owned racetracks, driving jet dryers at those events. MIS supports other racetracks by sending staff and equipment to events.

Barnes is surprised at the outpouring of well wishes, and thanks everyone for their concern. “I appreciate everyone for taking the time to write, call and ask how I am. I am OK and I am amazed at how many people have wished me well. I am also glad Juan Pablo Montoya is OK, and thank him for his concern,” Barnes said.

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Series NASCAR-CUP
Tags barnes, daytona 500, jet dryer, montoya