Father of Driver Punished for Pulling Son from Burning Car During Race

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Jones, who serves as crew chief for his son Mike, ran to Mike's aid Saturday after a crash in a NASCAR-sanctioned late-model race where the front of the auto caught fire and came to rest near the inside wall in Turn 1. Mike Jones was working on rebuilding his auto.

In the dramatic video recorded from the stands, the elder Jones pulls his son from the driver's side window before reaching back into the vehicle to activate the fire suppression system, right as first responders arrived on scene.

The dramatic crash happened over Father's Day weekend at the South Boston Speedway in Virginia.

"I didn't have time to be afraid", Dean said, per WDBJ 7.

Dean Jones said "nothing else mattered" when his son's auto spun out of control and burst into flames on a Virginia raceway, TODAY reported.

It is noteworthy that NASCAR did not encourage Dean, but rather punished probation for unauthorized access to the track. "I had to get my son our of that vehicle". Dean Jones is Mike's crew chief, TODAY reported.

But with his son safe and sound, the elder Jones has a much simpler outlook on what happened.

Despite his son being saved from danger, the heroic father returned to try to help track safety staff put out the inferno.