Driver Michael L. Humphrey, 69, of Oswego remains in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.
A fuel line that disconnected from the motor of a micro sprint car is believed to have led to the fire that badly injured driver Michael L. Humphrey of Oswego on Saturday night at Paradise Speedway, according to Ontario County sheriff’s deputies.
Humphrey, 69, was listed in guarded condition Tuesday night at Strong Memorial Hospital while continuing to recover from third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body.
The disconnected fuel line caused the car to stall and gasoline was being pumped into the driver’s compartment floor, deputies said.
When Humphrey attempted to restart the engine, the gasoline ignited, deputies said.
An independent power relay operates the fuel pump, unlike a standard vehicle, deputies said. As long as the relay is switched on, fuel will be pumped, whether the engine is running or not, deputies said.
Deputies said Saturday that racers and fans rushed to aid Humphrey, who was trapped in the fiery car. They were able to extinguish the flames and remove him from the car.