Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Dramatic rescue: Father pulls son from burning race auto

On Father's Day, Dean Jones was watching his son Mike compete in the Halifax Insurance 100 race at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

That's Dean in the shorts hopping the wall at about the:20 mark of the video.

"I didn't have time to be afraid", Dean said, per WDBJ 7.

Track officials announced that Dean Jones, who serves as Mike's crew chief, will not be fined or suspended.

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The driver was racing in the NASCAR Late Model 100 at South Boston Speedway in Virginia on Saturday when his vehicle spun out of control and burst into flames.

In the dramatic video recorded from the stands, the elder Jones pulls his son from the driver's side window before reaching back into the auto to activate the fire suppression system, right as first responders arrived on scene. NASCAR put Jones on probation for jumping the barrier. Jones didn't seem to care much after the race telling "No one except sweet baby Jesus would have kept me from freeing my son from a burning race auto".

The elder Jones activated the car's fire suppression system in addition to saving his son. "We are all grateful that there weren't any injuries, and we look forward to getting back to racing". "Just a dad, helping my son".

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