Nashville, TN (Monday, April 19, 2021) – On Saturday, during the Starkey US Legends Major at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway, the excitement of the on track racing quickly turned into intense precious moments after a fiery crash on the front stretch brought the racing program to a halt. Bowling Rock, North Carolina driver, James Fountain was battling for a top-five position during the Master Legends race with 10 laps in when the race was called.


Coming off the fourth turn, Fountain made contact with another driver resulting in his car getting loose. As a result, Fountain ended up turning headlong into the frontstretch wall, directly beneath the flagstand. As his no. 11 machine made contact with the wall, it erupted into flames as his car came to a rest. The race was immediately halted as the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway Safety Team responded. Within seconds, the blaze was extinguished and Fountain was carefully extricated from the car.


Fountain was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he underwent numerous CT Scans and MRIs. By Sunday afternoon, Fountain was released from the hospital with swelling around his spine, which should reside in a couple of weeks. Fountain shared some words with the Speedway after he was released.


“I can’t thank the crew at the [Nashville Fairgrounds] Speedway enough,” said Fountain. “I appreciate y’all’s professionalism.”


Fountain also credited US Legends International and INEX for their safety requirements in their cars. “I think INEX does a great job keeping everyone safe,” explained Fountain.


Fountain was competing during the Starkey US Legends Major at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway. A two-day show at NFS sanctioned by US Legends International and INEX. Saturday night feature winners received an automotive starting spot in the Nationals in October.


For more information on racing in the Music City, find Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway on Facebook, log on to NashvilleFairgroundsSpeedway.Racing, and follow on Twitter @RaceFairgrounds.


Story – Zach Hiser, Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway

Photos – Cover by Rich Corbett