The burned remains of Justin Bonnett’s Late Model car following Saturday’s night’s fiery crash at Pensacola, Florida.
The grandson of late NASCAR Cup Series star Neil Bonnett was injured in a fiery crash during Saturday night’s Snowflake 100 Pro Late Model race at 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida.
The race was the prelude to Sunday’s Super Late Model main event — the prestigious Snowball Derby.
Justin Bonnett suffered a compound fracture of the fibula and tibula with burns to his hands, face and neck in a unique incident that caused him to be transferred to the University of South Alabama’s trauma center.
Bonnett was running 26th on Lap 54 when a wayward car driven by Jarrett Parker came back up the track and in front of oncoming traffic. Parker’s fuel cell was dislodged by the contact and was drug by Bonnett through turns 3 and 4.
Bonnett was in the car for nearly a minute before being pulled out of the car by two officials.
The younger Bonnett lives in Hueytown, Alabama, home of the famed Alabama Gang of NASCAR drivers, which was comprised of Bobby and Donnie Allison, Red Farmer, Jimmy Means, Davey Allison, Hut Stricklin and David Bonnett — Justin’s father.
Criticism was pointed towards the track for not having a traditional fire truck on site, but speedway general manager Tim Bryant says the equipment on site was actually better equipped to deal with the incident.
Neil Bonnett, an 18-time winner at NASCAR’s highest level, raced in the NASCAR Cup Series from 1974 until his death in 1994. He was killed in a crash during a practice run ahead of the 1994 Daytona 500.
The dramatic video below is courtesy of Joshua Nelms, who was trackside in at Five Flags.
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