Denny Hamlin and Others Left Frightened at the Plight of NASCAR Driver Engulfed in Flames and Airlifted to Hospital

Published 10/01/2022, 3:04 PM EDT

The NASCAR Truck race at the Talladega Superspeedway is currently ongoing. However, there was a scary moment during the race for Jordan Anderson. While he was racing, his #3 truck suddenly burst into flames and he was quickly forced to bail out of the truck.

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It came so suddenly, because he was just driving when the truck’s rear smoked briefly. Then, the inferno came, and it was pretty horrifying, as it looked like the flames were inside the truck. Fortunately, he had the presence of mind to pull down his window net and begin trying to get out of the vehicle. It didn’t matter if the truck was still moving, but Anderson had to get out of there.

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How did the NASCAR community react to the scary scene?

Soon, there was an update on his condition, and there wasn’t much to say. As per a Fox Sports report, “Jordan Anderson’s team is here and they’re waiting. They don’t know really much, but one of the team members did just come out of the infield care centre. Told me that Jordan is there right now. He cannot see him, but was told that there are burns, he’s in a lot of pain. They are going to airlift him to Birmingham at this moment.”

Obviously, many were quite shocked at the scenes unfolding before their eyes. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin also sent his thoughts and prayers, hoping for Anderson’s speedy recovery. Others confessed that it was one of the ‘wildest things’ they had ever seen in a NASCAR race. Few people even insisted that this proves that these drivers are athletes, because this was a life-or-death situation.

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All in all, this was a worrying situation, especially since there was no warning when the truck went up in flames. It is just fortunate that Anderson was able to extricate himself from his car under his own power. Now, all that the Jordan Anderson Racing team can do is wait and see if there is good news from the hospital in Birmingham.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Motorsports author for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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