Oct 6, 2011, 10:02 AM EST
A tip of the visor today to Kip Hughes, a 27-year-old race car driver who figured that helping a rival out of a bad situation was more important than winning a race. Hughes pulled over when he saw fellow driver Terry Muskratt’s crashed car had caught on fire at the Stock Car Nationals in Ada, Okla., on Saturday. Hughes, who unlike the track personnel on the scene was wearing a jumpsuit, tore the protective netting from the window of the burning car and pulled Muskratt to safety.
A similar fire had badly burned Hughes’ father in 1991, when Hughes was seven years old.
“I don’t want that to ever happen again for anybody,” Hughes told the Ada News. “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.
“The adrenaline’s going and I’m just thinking, ‘I gotta get this guy out before something bad happens,”‘ he told CNN.
Muskratt suffered a burned hand, and Hughes was uninjured.
The person who comes out looking the worse for wear here, actually, is the announcer. A little over the top there, buddy: turn off the mouth motor for a minute and tone down the hype.
Kip Hughes, Race Car Driver, Stops Racing To Pull Rival From Burning Car [Huffington Post]
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