Nextel cup driver Greg Biffle was in a fiery car crash on Thursday while testing tires at the Las Vegas Motor speedway. Biffle was helped from his burning race car by Kyle Busch.
Both drivers were helping Goodyear to test tires on the remodeled speedway when Biffle blew a tire, causing him to hit the wall between the first and second turns. The accident broke the fuel pump which then caused his car to burst into flames. Busch, who was trailing Biffle at the time of the accident jumped from his car and helped him to safety.
Although Biffle was not injured in the accident he did not continue with the session.
Goodyear tested tires Wednesday and Thursday at Las Vegas, which added 20 degrees of banking this year. The tire company must find the correct compound to bring to a NASCAR-sanctioned test at the track in late January, and the Nextel Cup event there in March.
Busch completed the test and said he liked the track alterations.
“There are a lot of neat characteristics to the track,” said Busch, a Las Vegas native. “It’s still pretty wide and a great racing surface. It’s wide enough that we’ll be able to run two and three wide. The transitions from the corner to the straightaways and then the straightaways to the corners are awesome.