NASCAR driver suffers 2nd degree burns, jumps from moving race truck at Talladega to escape flames

After surviving the “scariest moment” of his racing career, NASCAR driver Jordan Anderson is certain “God’s hand was protecting me through that one.”

Saturday at Talladega Superspeedway less than an hour outside Birmingham, Alabama, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevy Silverado 250 was underway and in its 19th lap when 31-year-old Anderson’s #3 truck was seen igniting from the fourth place position.

Within seconds of the vehicle catching fire, he could be seen clearing the netting from the window as the truck was drifting wildly and as he managed to steer toward an interior wall, Anderson had already begun climbing out, narrowly avoiding being pinned as the crash occurred. His truck had barely come to a complete stop when he was already out, atop the wall, and heading away from the burning wreck.

Emergency crews were on the scene seconds later and, after initial treatment at the infield care center, it wasn’t long before Anderson was loaded onto a helicopter to be airlifted to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital for medical treatment.

A few hours later, Anderson, who is the owner of his small team and had been celebrating his career-best ninth place qualifier at Talladega just the day prior, was providing an update on his condition from his hospital and thanking God for protecting him during the crash.

“So grateful for all the prayers and support. Have been in some great hands with all the NASCAR and UAB nurses and doctors,” he wrote. “No doubt God’s hand was protecting me through that one. Scariest moment of my racing career by far.”

On his condition, the driver went on to report that despite second-degree burns he would be discharged later that night to go home and heal,

“Ended up with second degree burns across my neck, face, right arm, hands and both knees. Getting cleared to go home tonight. Doctors say everything should be healing up within a few weeks. Will keep everyone updated on the healing process but just thankful it wasn’t worse.”

Supporters of Anderson were also grateful to learn of his relatively minor injuries when his life was in danger.

Anderson’s crash wasn’t the only drama at Talladega Saturday as the race ultimately went into overtime and a lengthy review was needed to determine whether Bret Holmes or Matt DiBenedetto had secured the victory.

Ultimately, it was determined that while Holmes had crossed the finish line slightly ahead of DiBenedetto, the latter was the victor having led the pack when the caution flag was waved following a crash from the middle of the pack. The final lap was the only one that DiBenedetto led for the duration of the race when he claimed his first ever NASCAR victory.


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