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Fire breaks out in parking lot at Kentucky NASCAR race

Smoke rises over the main grandstand from a vehicle fire in the platinum parking lot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Gary Graves)

Smoke rises over the main grandstand from a vehicle fire in the platinum parking lot at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Kentucky Speedway, Saturday, July 9, 2016 in Sparta, Ky. (AP Photo/Gary Graves)  (The Associated Press)

Firefighters have extinguished a fire that broke out in the parking lot behind the grandstand at Kentucky Speedway and sent thick, black smoke billowing into the sky.

Track spokesman Tim Bray said firefighters at the facility and from Gallatin County put out the blaze in the speedway's Platinum lot. Bray said the fire began in the passenger compartment of a truck and damaged a second vehicle, with a third singed. No one was injured.

The fire created a brief diversion from Saturday night's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race that featured numerous early accidents on the newly repaved and reconfigured track. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, A.J. Allmendinger and rookie Chase Elliott all were involved in wrecks.