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Mel Kenyon endured a life-changing racing accident scene from “King of the Midgets.”

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Mel Kenyon, the legendary midget car driver, faced a life-altering moment in 1965 that would test his resilience and determination. Despite the odds stacked against him, Kenyon’s unwavering spirit allowed him to overcome adversity and continue his racing career. Let’s delve into the remarkable incident that shaped his life and career.

Recently, a video resurfaced capturing an old crash involving Mel Kenyon back in 1965, thrusting him back into the limelight. The incident, which resulted in a fire engulfing his car, showcased Kenyon’s quick reflexes and decisive action as he leaped out of the vehicle, marking a crucial moment in his career.

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USAC seized the opportunity to share this remarkable moment, teasing a scene from the upcoming movie “King of the Midgets” that features Kenyon’s extraordinary escape. The caption, “Miraculous Mel!” accompanied the video, underscoring the resilience and courage displayed by Kenyon during the harrowing ordeal.

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Mel Kenyon: Triumph Over Tragedy

Mel Kenyon

On June 20, 1965, during his tenth career race in a USAC IndyCar at Langhorne Speedway in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, disaster struck for Mel Kenyon. His engine suddenly blew up, spewing oil all over the car, his firesuit, and the track. The loss of control sent him careening into the wall, rendering him unconscious1. But the worst was yet to come.

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As Kenyon’s car lay engulfed in flames, fellow racer Joe Leonard fearlessly rushed to the scene. Braving the fire, Leonard pulled the unconscious Kenyon from the mangled wreckage. The impact had fractured the fuel tank, creating a terrifying fireball that threatened Kenyon’s life. Leonard’s quick thinking and courage saved the day.

Kenyon suffered severe burns in the accident. He underwent multiple operations at the San Antonio Burn Center, where doctors fought to save his life. Tragically, he lost nearly all of his fingers on his left hand. The physical pain and emotional trauma were immense, but Kenyon refused to give up on his passion for racing.

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I'm Moin Akhunji, a passionate sports writer renowned for my unique storytelling approach. My expertise spans across various sports, notably NASCAR, F1, and IndyCar. I hold a profound admiration for athletes like Chase Elliott and Dale Earnhardt Jr. When I'm not crafting articles, you'll likely find me trekking in the hills, indulging in my favorite hobby.
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