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NASCAR Driver Derrike Cope Uninjured after Car Explosion during Race

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Derrike Cope
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Daniel Sheflin was Honeywell’s VP of Technology Automation Control Solutions from 2001 to 2015. Now retired, Daniel Sheflin enjoys spending some of his free time watching NASCAR races.

NASCAR driver Derrike Cope got lucky during the Zippo 200 in early August 2016, when he walked away uninjured from an explosion under his car. About halfway through the Xfinity Series Zippo 200 race at Watkins Glen International, Derrike Cope felt the brakes go out on his number 70 car.

Cope attempted to let the car come to a natural stop. Just before it did, however, a massive explosion rocked the car, and a cloud of black smoke rose from it. Cope, who won the 1990 Daytona 500, said, “In 35 years of racing, I don’t think I’ve ever seen that transpire before.”

Though shaken up by the violent blast, Cope walked away from the car unharmed. NASCAR officials later determined that a build-up of brake heat became trapped inside the car, causing one of the tires to explode.