The fast and exciting sport of stock car racing is also known for the spectacular crashes which often leave cars and drivers mangled.
GV Cars lined up for start of race, then race commences (3 shots)
GV Photographers at bend
GV Cars out of bend, crash into barrier then second car rams and both burst into flames
GV REPEAT OF SCENE, plus drivers getting out of car through flames with race officials fighting flames in cars and on drivers' suits
GV Officials waving chequered flag as winning car crosses finish line
SPORT: STOCK CAR RACING
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Background: The fast and exciting sport of stock car racing is also known for the spectacular crashes which often leave cars and drivers mangled. Spectators at a 400 kilometre (250 mile) race for modified stock cars on the Martinsville track in Virginia, USA had watched the cars safely negotiate 165 laps. Coming out of a bend -- car number 19, in the right centre of the screen, hit the wall and stalled on the track. The driver of car 14 didn't see the stalled car and slammed into it, the result a blazing inferno on impact. Here's another look at the result of the 145 kilometre per hour (90 m.p.h.) crash. Thanks to the quick action of race officials, the flames were quelled allowing both drivers to miraculously escape with minor burns to the hands and face.