Fire breaks out in Kentucky Speedway parking lot during race

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Fire breaks out in Kentucky Speedway parking lot during race
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Jul 10, 2016, 2:27 AM

As if race fans didn’t have enough to keep their attention with seven cautions in the first 100 laps of Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway, a large fire broke out in one of the track’s parking lots.

Rookies Chase Elliott and Ryan Blaney had just wrecked out of the race when fans in the grandstands began noticing black smoke billowing from behind the main grandstands.

Video and pictures showed a pickup truck engulfed in flames, with the fire beginning to spread to nearby vehicles before firefighters arrived on the scene.

“Two vehicles were involved and a third was singed – no fire damage. The fire started in the passenger compartment of the truck and spread to the second vehicle,” track spokesman Tim Bray said.

The track's general manager Mark Simendinger said he was told there was a person in the truck when the fire began, but was pulled out soon after. He did not believe he suffered any serious injuries.

The incident took place in what is called the Platinum parking lot of the track.

 
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Series NASCAR Cup
Event Kentucky
Sub-event Saturday race
Location Kentucky Speedway
Author Jim Utter
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