Truck Catches Fire in Kentucky Parking Lot

SPARTA, Ky. — A scary incident took place early during tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Quaker State 400  race as a white GM pickup truck caught fire in one of the parking lots right behind the frontstretch grandstands at Kentucky Speedway.

A car that was next to the truck was also on fire and a third vehicle had minor fire damage.

The Herald-Leader’s Mark Story spoke with Kentucky Speedway’s General Manager, Mark Simendinger who stated that the fire originated in the cabin of the truck and that someone had been rescued from the burning vehicle. He added that the rescued individual did not appear to be seriously injured.

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“I always tell our people, be prepared, something weird will happen,” Simendinger told Story. “But we never envisioned this.”

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.

Video courtesy of NBC Sports

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My name is Tucker White. I'm currently majoring in journalism at the University of Tennessee. I started getting into NASCAR around 1998 and started following the sport full-time in 2001. I live and breathe everything related to NASCAR. I also have a burning passion for all things auto racing. I've been following Formula 1 since 2011 and am slowing getting into IndyCar. I do my best to keep up with the World Endurance Championship. But at the end of the day, NASCAR is my primary beat. Being both a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and a student at UT, I'm naturally a die-hard Tennessee Volunteers fan. Especially when it comes to Tennessee Volunteers football. While I'll never stop being one, it can be the most heart-wrenching thing ever. Since 2005, this team has delivered more than its fair share of heartbreaking moments and inhuman frustration. I've stuck with the Vols from the best of times - 1998 National Champions - to the worst of times - 2005 to present - because I know that it'll make it all so worth it when the mighty Vols finally return to the top of the college football landscape. In the last few years, I started to really get into baseball. This past season, I decided to pledge my sporting allegiance to the Atlanta Braves. It didn't turn out too well as they finished 67-95 and finished fourth in the NL East. I do see great potential with the young roster and they might be a force to be reckoned with in the coming years.


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