Video: Racer pulls rival from burning wreck after stock car smash


If you watched the gripping programme, Grand Prix: The Killer Years a couple of months ago you might remember that the biggest fear for drivers in the formative years of motor racing was fire.

Fortunately since then safety has improved year on year but accidents still happen, as one US stock car driver found out.
Terry Muskrat was competing in the Stock Car Nationals at Oklahoma Sports Park when he was involved in a multi-car pile-up that ended up with his car on its side and on fire with him stuck inside.

As marshals tried to douse the flames and rescue Muskrat, Kip Hughes stopped racing to come to his fellow competitor's aid. In an outstanding act of bravery the 27-year-old single-handedly dragged Muskrat from the burning wreck.

Hughes told the Oklahoma-based Ada News he didn't hesitate in rescuing Muskrat because he'd had to witness his father being severely burned in a race 20 years ago while he was watching from the stands.

"I don't want that to ever happen again for anybody," he said. "Whether I'm battling it out with them on the race track and we're exchanging (gestures) or whatever else. It's a horrible deal for a family to go through.

"I've been that little seven-year-old boy in the stands watching helplessly and there's nothing you can do while your dad's stuck in the car that's on fire.

"It's just instinct for me to go to it and address the situation as best I can and try to help out as much as I can."

No doubt Terry Muskrat will be glad he did too.

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