There are no words to accurately describe what happened with 40 laps to go in the Daytona 500. During a run-of-the-mill caution, Juan Pablo Montoya was cruising around the track, trying to catch up to the pack. He was having car issues, though, and his car broke near the end of the back-stretch.
That alone might be bad enough, but his car happened to give way, causing him to lose control, right around the spot NASCAR officials were blowing off the track with jet dryers. These are filled with jet fuel. This is what happened next:
Oh, and it certainly got worse.
After a few moments of "WHOA," crews converged on the now-raging fire.
You can see what kind of damage this has caused. At present, just about every fire and emergency crew vehicle is gathered around the spot of the collision. Officials are examining the track in an effort to see if it can be repaired -- a jet fuel fire burns very hot, and melts anything around it.
We don't yet know if the race will be resumed. The track is still being inspected and, well, it doesn't look good. Back with more as we know it.
Related: Video of the crash.