Crew members engulfed in flames in pit stop fire - video


Richard Childress Racing tire changer and gasman suffer burns in pit road fire.

RICHMOND, Va. – Anthony O’Brien and Josh Wittman were taken to a local hospital after both were engulfed in flames Friday night during the Toyota Care 250 at Richmond International Raceway. 

A third crew member, Clifford Turner, of Eric McClure's team also received treatment. CLICK HERE for update on their condition.

During the second caution on Lap 1111, Brendan Gaughan entered the pits for a routine stop. Wittman fueled the car while O’Brien, from Cambridge, Minn., was changing the rear tire on the No. 62 South Point Chevy when the fire ignited. 

Track safety personnel quickly extinguished the fire.

Gaughan was running in the top 20 when the race resumed. Jeremy West filled in for O'Brien for the remainder of the race. Thomas Costello relieved Wittman.

Crew chief Shane Wilson told TV that there was a 'malfunction in the gas head,' causing the inferno.

Gaughan rallies to an 11th-place finish

"An emotional night for this entire South Point team and I here at Richmond," Gaughan said after the race. "When I saw the flame and that none of the guys were near my car, I tried to get away as fast as I could. That race car only had more fuel in it that could potentially ignite and I didn't want that to happen. Don't tell me these guys aren't professional athletes, they are the toughest, most athletic guys I have seen. We had a strong finish and now I am going to go check on my boys."

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Event Richmond
Track Richmond International Raceway
Drivers Brendan Gaughan
Article type Race report
Tags fire