Daytona 500 goes green again after fiery explosion

JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer Published:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Daytona 500 has restarted after a fiery crash and a lengthy delay.

The race was red flagged for 2 hours, 5 minutes and 29 seconds while track workers scrambled to fix the track.

Journeyman driver Dave Blaney was leading when a problem with Juan Pablo Montoya's car sent him spinning under caution into a safety truck.

The truck, which holds 200 gallons of jet kerosene, burst into flames. Montoya's car slid into the grass, and he gingerly climbed from it as fire trucks rushed to the scene. The inferno raged on, and NASCAR red-flagged the race with 40 laps remaining.

NASCAR officials examined the track surface and determined the race could continue.