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Daytona 500 2012: Flames Disrupt Race On 160th Lap, Kevin Harvick In 8th [VIDEO]

Just as Bakersfield native Kevin Harvick was making a move to the front of the 2012 Daytona 500, the weirdest Great American Race in a long time just got a little weirder.

During a caution on the 160th lap, Juan Pablo Montoya somehow spun into a jet dryer on the back stretch. His car slid up the track, past one jet dryer and into the back of a second. And everything exploded into flames.

The track exploded into flames and this could very well end the race. There is significant damage to the asphalt as a result of the crash and the fire is just now out. It was an absolutely odd scene -- one I'm not sure we'll ever see again.

It would be a crushing blow for Harvick, who had recovered from being as far back as the high 20's. But let's see if the race keeps going after all.

For more on the Great American Race, check out SB Nation NASCAR's Daytona 500 stream, as well as NASCAR Ranting & Raving.