NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr escaped a scary situation at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he climbed out of his car after it caught on fire during the race.
During the 96th lap of the race Stenhouse Jr was forced to pull over on the side of the track as the broadcast caught flames shooting up from underneath his car.
After several moments passed he then nonchalantly exited the vehicle as if nothing was happening, before emergency crews could be seen rushing towards his car to put out the flames.
He went on to finish the race in 34th place and appeared to be unharmed.
The Mississippi native had qualified for the NASCAR playoffs thanks to his win in the Daytona 500 at the beginning of the season, but was unable to make it past the Round of 12.
NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr stepped out of his car after it caught on fire midrace
Stenhouse Jr appeared to walk away unharmed and eventually finished the race in 34th place
He was eliminated from the postseason along with fellow drivers Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Ross Chastain, Bubba Wallace, and Michael McDowell.
Non-playoff driver AJ Allmendinger beat William Byron in a 10-lap dash in NASCAR’s second playoff elimination race Sunday, winning the Bank of America Roval 400.
In the final race of the Round of 12 playoff segment, Allmendinger topped Joe Gibbs Racing driver Ty Gibbs in multiple restarts and Kyle Busch on the last one with 10 to go for the victory.
A native of Los Gatos, Calif., the driver of the No. 16 Kaulig Racing Chevrolet was triumphant for the third time in 426 Cup Series starts — all on road courses.
Byron got to within a car-length with two laps to go, but Allmendinger beat him to the checkers by 0.666 seconds.
Busch, who needed a win to advance to the Round of 8 next Sunday in Las Vegas, finished third and failed to move on.
Gibbs and Joey Logano finished the race fourth and fifth, respectively.
Occupying ninth in the standings and just two points behind Keselowski for the final spot as the race started, Tyler Reddick put his No. 45 23XI Racing Toyota on the pole for the second time in 2023 and sixth of his career.
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No 16 Celsius Chevrolet, would go on to win the race on Sunday
Reddick led every lap in the incident-free Stage 1 around the 17-turn, 2.32-mile road track that incorporates part of CMS’s oval.
Over 25 laps, his Camry beat teammate Wallace’s by just over five seconds, followed by playoff competitors Chastain, Martin Truex Jr. and Christopher Bell as Toyotas snared four of the top five spots and earned bonus points.
Non-playoff driver Chase Elliott passed Bell for the lead on Lap 36 and held it throughout the stage as other teams began pitting early to set themselves up for the final 59-lap run.
The Hendrick Motorsports driver beat Bell for the Stage 2 win, but the checkers came with a yellow flag as caution came out for an incident between Josh Bilicki and Corey LaJoie.
Running 11th with 22 laps to go, Wallace was sent spinning after Daniel Suarez’s Chevy hit Austin Cindric’s Ford. That dropped Wallace’s No. 23 into the low 30s — yielding 20 points of position. He came back to finish the race 16th.