Driver Trapped as Race Car Bursts Into Flames
We're seeing some terrifying video from inside a race car that crashed on its side, trapping the driver during a race in Pennsylvania last weekend.
In the video, which was posted to YouTube by the driver, Mike Stofflet, you can see the gasoline pooling ominously around the modified dirt car at Mahoning Valley Speedway. When crews arrived to rescue Stofflet, the gas was ignited by the red-hot exhaust pipe, starting a fire that appears to engulf him while he is still trapped in the car.
Amazingly, Stofflet got out with only a sore neck, avoiding major burns. And on top of that, his crew fixed his ride, and he drove it to a fifth-place finish later that night!
Martha MacCallum talked to Stofflet this morning on America's Newsroom. He explained that while the car was on its side, he was unable to unlatch his seat belt. He said it was "easy" to get out once the car was turned upright again, even though at that point he was inside a raging inferno.
Martha asked Stofflet how he was able to keep calm during the ordeal.
"I really don't know. I guess I just told myself you'll get through this, just keep yourself as calm as possible. I've seen guys wreck before in racing incidents and cars go up in flames and they get out. I guess I had a lot of faith in myself to be able to get out of there," he said.
Watch the amazing video above!