Fire erupts at 78 hauler in moments after Talladega race

Jay Busbee
From the Marbles

The moments immediately after a race are absolute insane chaos inside the Sprint Cup garage. You've got crews from three dozen teams racing from pit road toward their haulers. You've got media, team officials and various interested onlookers. You've got every driver but the winner wheeling cars at high speeds through massive crowds. Everybody's trying to go somewhere different all in the same space at the same time. It's a miracle something catastrophic doesn't happen every week.

On Sunday, something almost did. As you can see in the video above, fire erupted from the 78 hauler. SB Nation's Jeff Gluck reported that the fire began when Furniture Row's gas man accidentally ignited the gas cans while preparing them for transport.

Thankfully, there were no injuries, though as you can see in the video, the flames briefly topped the edge of the haulers. There was significant damage to the 78 hauler itself, as well as some personal possessions in the adjacent hauler belonging to Jamie McMurray's team. This could have been a whole lot worse, and fortunately it wasn't.

(Our perspective: we'd just gotten done chasing down Kyle Busch for an interview when a shout went up throughout the garage, and members of virtually every team raced toward the fire, many carrying extinguishers. You don't screw around with fire in the garage. I took this picture, misidentifying it as McMurray's hauler.

Oh, and Kyle? ESPN's Marty Smith asked him if he had trouble getting free out on the track. Busch responded that he was "having trouble getting free here" and strode past the ESPN cameraman en route to his hauler. Not a good day for the 18.)

For more photos from the scene, check SB Nation. Video from Kevin Henderson of

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