Todd Burns, driver of the #4 Villa Roma sponsored Chevrolet Monte Carlo Late Model, survived a truly horrific crash in the Automobile Club of Southern California Late Model main event on Saturday night at Irwindale Speedway.
Todd qualified his Chevy fast time for the ninth time this season to take the fifth starting position in the 50-lap main event. As the field came out of turn four to take the green, Burns started to challenge the four in front of him for the lead position. On lap 18, Burns was successful at taking the lead from the #22 of Brian Kelley and started to pull away from the pack. The cars of Hooper and Floyd collided in turns three and four as Burns was entering three. With no where to go, Burns spun and hit his right side on the wrecked vehicles, but he kept going to retain his leading position for the restart. At the restart on lap 43, Burns took the green with seven laps to go. Coming out of turn four, Kevin Wood dove low to try to pass Burns. At the start/finish line, the #34 of Wood and the #4 of Burns made contact sending Burns over the top of Wood. Wood eventually flipped on his lid with Burns' car spinning in the air and eventually making hard contact with the track surface in turn one. Burns finally emerged from his car unaided and unscathed and eager to see the condition of Kevin who also emerged from his car also in good condition.
Burns was wearing for the first time the Hutchens Device and had this to say, "All I can say is that I'm glad I was wearing it tonight. I think all the drivers should think about having some kind of device like this. I was sold on it after I viewed the footage of Johnny Benson in the Earnhardt accident report. Safety is number one and I think our Racecar Factory cars proved that we build a good, safe car. I'm just thankful that Kevin and I can walk away from this okay. We can rebuild racecars, but not lives. The team also stated, "We'll be back on the 8th." Burns finished in the 16th position for the night.