Dad pulls son out of fiery race car at South Boston Speedway
A dramatic scene unfolded for a local father and son this past father's day weekend at the South Boston Speedway.
As car number 39, Mike Jones, raced down the track, a competitor’s car hit his tire. Jones spun out of control and bounced off the stadium walls. When his car crashed and caught fire, his dad was the first one by his side.
Dean Jones was never into racecars. However, when his son, Mike, fell in love, the speedway became his second home.
"I really enjoy watching him do something that he loves so much,” said Jones.
Spending Father's Day weekend at the track just made sense. During the race, as his son was coming up on a turn, he crashed.
Seconds later, flames engulfed the car. Dash-cam videos shows the car quickly filling up with smoke. Mike Jones could barely see or breathe.
His dad was watching it all on the other side of the pit stop.
"I didn't have time to be afraid. I had to get my son out of that car,” said Jones.
Jones ran toward the growing fire, pulled his son out and made sure he was okay. The stadium erupted in applause.
"If I had to place a bet on who would've pulled me out, I would've bet it was him," said Mike Jones.
That's because it's not the first time his dad has jumped over barriers for him. Flashback to his baseball days when he was 10 or 12 years old.
"I had a play at a plate, I was catching and got knocked out. By the time I came through he's there over me at home plate," said Mike, referring to his dad’s selfless actions.
"I jumped the fence to make a b-line to him to make sure he was okay,” said Jones with tears in his eyes.
There's not a lot Jones wouldn't do for his kid. Knowing his life was at stake was beyond scary.
It was a Father's Day they won't soon forget, but for Jones, it's not really a “one day a year” thing anyway.
"I'm just a dad. Just a dad, helping my son,” said Jones.
Jones was put on probation by Nascar because his actions were against the rules. Being on probation means he is not able to break any of Nascar’s rules again. Mike Jones’ car is totaled, however he says he is ready to get back on the track as soon as they can rebuild.