Watch When Happens When the NASCAR Next-Gen Car Catches Fire on Pit Lane

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Photo credit: Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing
Photo credit: Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing

Pit stops are packed full of action and adrenaline. In the top levels of racing, there's so much going on at once that it might take a few seconds to realize something's gone wrong. That's exactly what happened to Chris Busescher's car on pit road during NASCAR's Indianapolis road course event on Sunday when a fire broke out in his No. 17 Ford.

The fire was caused by contact with Bubba Wallace in turn 1 earlier in the race, as RACER reports. The incident was captured by one of the pit crew's body cams and shared by Busescher's team, Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing, to TikTok.

Busescher went two laps down while sitting in pit lane dealing with the fire. Even after inhaling smoke and being covered in fire extinguisher remnants, he managed to get the car back out on track and finish in 10th place.

“[I] wasn’t giving up," Busescher told RACER. "This team gave me way too good of a race car today to let somebody’s stupidity take us out that early. I’m not going to make it a habit of staying inside cars that are on fire but kudos to this team for bringing such a good race car."

Wallace came to Busescher after the race and apologized for the contact, according to RACER.

“I went in and hit my brake point and thought I was good, and the next thing I knew, I blew through the corner,” Wallace said. “I don’t know if it was [the result of] the second lap on tires and green track, but I apologized.”

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