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Ryan Zunk Catches Fire: A Terrifying Moment in Xfinity Pit Stop

Ryan Zunk Catches Fire: In an intense moment during Saturday night’s NASCAR Xfinity Series championship, a member of Sammy Smith’s pit crew found himself in a terrifying situation. Ryan Zunk, the rear tire changer for Smith’s team, caught on fire during a pit stop. Despite the frightening incident, he was quickly extinguished by the safety crew and remarkably, he managed to finish the pit stop. Later, after being treated in the care center, he suited back up and continued to race.

The incident occurred when Zunk was attempting to remove the lugs from the wheel, and sparks from his impact wrench ignited the fuel vapors. The situation escalated rapidly, but thanks to the swift response of the pit crew and safety team, disaster was averted.

The helmet cam footage from Zunk, shared by Joe Gibbs Racing, provides a chilling view of the incident. It emphasizes how swiftly events unfolded – one spark, and chaos ensued. Despite the gravity of the situation, the pit crew’s professionalism and the efficiency of the safety crew were commendable.

Meanwhile, Sammy Smith, the pole-sitter for the race, faced challenges that prevented him from securing the championship. In his final race with Joe Gibbs Racing, Smith finished in ninth place. However, the 19-year-old driver is poised for a new chapter in his career, as he moves to JR Motorsports next season.

Despite his youth, Smith has showcased remarkable potential, evident in his two-time ARCA East championship victories. Although he has made rookie mistakes during his Xfinity Series debut season, his talent is undeniable. Moving to Josh Berry’s No. 8 car, a vehicle that has propelled drivers into the Cup Series, Smith has a promising future ahead.

While the Cup Series pipeline may seem crowded, especially for Chevrolet and Toyota, Smith’s ambition and determination are apparent. He has the skills and determination to succeed, as demonstrated by his victory at the spring Phoenix race this season. Finishing sixth overall in the points, Smith’s performance in the playoffs was solid, and he undoubtedly aims for a Championship 4 appearance in 2024.

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As Smith transitions to a new team and prepares for the challenges of the upcoming season, the NASCAR world will be watching closely, anticipating his multiple victories and potential championship pursuit in the Xfinity Series.

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Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia
Khushal Bhatia, a distinguished BA (Hons) English graduate from St. Stephen College (University of Delhi) and a holder of a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (English) from IIMC Delhi, is an accomplished journalist. Currently affiliated with, Khushal is an expert in covering a range of sports topics with a specialization in motorsports, particularly NASCAR. His insightful articles explore the nuances of the sporting world, providing readers with comprehensive analysis and the latest updates. With a commitment to unbiased reporting, Khushal's expertise and authoritative voice make him a reliable source for sports enthusiasts.


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