Penwell Raceway manager Gary Gardenhire approaches a 1970 Camaro that caught fire after a backfire in the nitrous system caused catastrophic failure during the Dirty South No Prep Racing Series’ small tire finals Saturday, May 5, in Penwell. The driver, Blaine Hale, was able to escape the inferno with minor injuries by bailing out of the car while it was still coasting down the drag strip.