Roush crewman recovering at home

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2000) Rick Machcinski, the Roush Racing gasman who was injured on pit road Sunday during a flash fire during the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway was resting at home Monday, a report issued by the...

CONCORD, N.C. (Oct. 23, 2000) Rick Machcinski, the Roush Racing gasman who was injured on pit road Sunday during a flash fire during the Pop Secret Microwave Popcorn 400 at North Carolina Speedway was resting at home Monday, a report issued by the team said.

A fire ignited on pit road after a pit stop by Matt Kenseth, driver of the No. 17 DeWalt Ford Taurus, who made a green flag pit stop on lap 320 of the 393-lap race on the 1.017-mile oval.

The fire burned on pit road and in the pit stall area and was quickly extinguished by safety personnel. Machcinski was attended to immediately in the track's infield care center.

He was transported immediately after the race at the track in Rockingham, N.C., by helicopter to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., for overnight observation. He suffered burns to his neck and to his face during the incident.

"We're happy and relieved to hear that Rick is doing well today," team owner Jack Roush said Monday, one day after visiting Machcinski in the infield care center during the race. "All of Roush Racing breathed a sigh of relief after learning that he was doing fine in the hospital and would be released today."

Machcinski, a Toledo, Ohio, native was released Monday and is resting comfortably at home. He will be home for a few days before returning to work at the shop of the No. 17, where he also works as the engine tuner for the No. 97 John Deere Ford team. -nascar.com-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Jack Roush