Michael Stofflet is a lucky man. The race car driver from Pennsylvania rolled his dirt modified car at Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton, Pa (about an hour-and-a-half northwest of Philadelphia) last Friday, but what happened after the crash could have killed him.
As you can see in the video above from an on-board camera, Stofflet’s car began leaking fuel almost immediately after rolling. You can see him struggling to get out of the race car.
As track personnel turned the car back onto its wheels, some fuel that streaked down the inside of the car caught fire right next to Stofflet (0:35). Looked like a scene from “The Thing.”
Get this: Stofflet finished the race.
According to his YouTube post:
“I am ok. It happend during the heat we got it back in the pits and me and my crew got it back together in 25-30 took hot laps it worked well and then ran the feature and it was a touch loose and ended up 5th.”
Total bass balls on Stofflet for getting back in the car after nearly getting barbecued. These race car drivers are going to get the same rep as hockey players.
[H/T: Stu Braxton]