It was a frightening day for NASCAR driver Derrike Cope. The 1990 Daytona 500 winner was slowing down on the inner loop of the 60th lap of the Watkins Glen International Xfinity Series race when he lost his brake pedal. Knowing something was wrong, he got off the track just before the hood of his No. 70 Chevrolet exploded. The violent explosion crumpled the hood and appeared to blow out the car's tires.
Cope was taken to the care center and was released with no injuries. He spoke to a reporter as he was leaving the care center and seemed to be in shock over the event, something he said he'd never seen in his 35 years of racing.
NASCAR officials impounded the car for further examination of what caused the explosion.
Watch the video of the frightening explosion below.
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