A NASCAR driver has been pulled to safety by his own father after being involved in a horrific crash that caused his car to quickly burst into flames. Mike Jones was lucky to escape alive after fire spread quickly through his car after colliding with another driver and plowing into the safety barriers.
Wearing just a T-shirt and shorts, Mike’s father, Dean, heroically rushed onto the and sprinted towards his son’s fiery vehicle. Incredibly, he managed to drag his boy out the window of the race car just in time.
Even though Jones escaped completely unharmed, his father may now face punishment from NASCAR for going onto the track and tackling the blaze himself. As any racing fan knows, a car fire is one of the most dangerous things that can occur during a race.
“Not only does it put the driver in peril, but it hinders the rescue crew from getting close to the vehicle to save the driver,” wrote Anthony Alaniz at Motor 1. “Often, fires spread quickly before fire crews can even arrive, leaving a few brief moments for rescuers to act. So, when some late model racing action left Mike Jones wrecked in the middle of the track with fire spewing from the engine bay, his father, Dean, did what any parent would – he hopped the pit wall, ran to his son’s burning car, and helped pull him from the wreckage.”
Alaniz called the incident a “chilling reminder” of just quickly such a life-threatening crash can occur on the race track. “Quick thinking by Dean and the swift action of the fire and safety crews helped make this accident one with a happy ending,” he concluded.