PENSACOLA, Fla. – Justin Bonnett, the grandson of late NASCAR Cup Series driver Neil Bonnett, suffered a broken leg and burns during a fiery crash in Saturday night’s Snowflake 100 at Five Flags Speedway.
Bonnett was running 26th when, on lap 54, his car struck the spinning machine of Jarrett Parker in turn three.
The contact was enough to both heavily damage the left side of Bonnett’s entry and dislodge the fuel cell from the rear of Parker’s car, sending it careening some 75 yards down the track into the center of the third turn.
As the fuel cell skidded along the pavement, it left a trail of fuel that ignited into sweeping flames, which swept around Bonnett’s car as it came to a stop on the apron in the middle of turns three and four.
Bonnett, who was awake and alert, was quickly helped from his car as the fire was extinguished by safety crews, before being taken to a waiting ambulance and transported to a local hospital.
An update posted on Bonnett’s official Facebook page just before 10:30 p.m. CT confirmed that the third-generation driver “sustained a broken leg and burns” as a result of the lap-54 incident.
Hailing from Hueytown, Ala., Bonnett began racing karts in his home state at eight years old and transitioned through street stocks, mini modifieds and the touring Modifieds of Mayhem series over the course of his racing career.
His grandfather was an 18-time NASCAR Cup Series race winner and 20-time pole winner in 362 starts. Neil Bonnett also earned a pair of Busch Clash victories and triumphs in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and ARCA Menards Series West during his two-decade tenure.