Power tools banned in fuel transfers

Updated: October 27, 2011, 5:37 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR has banned the use of power tools when teams are transferring fuel.

The decision Thursday is in response to a fuel fire next to Regan Smith's hauler at Talladega Superspeedway. The fire broke out as spouts from gas cans were being removed so excess fuel could be poured into storage.

A spark from a power tool apparently ignited gas inside one can. No one was hurt in the fire, which sent thick clouds of black smoke through the garage.

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