With less than 100 laps to go in Wednesday nights NASCAR Cup Series Blue-Emu Maximum Pain Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Austin Dillon retired from the race. However, this was not a mechanical issue, or something else wrong with the car, this is because Dillon himself was unable to finish the race.

After a right-rear tire blew five laps into the race, Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet remained in the race, even after the tire damaged a right rear crush panel. Crush panels provide a layer of protection for drivers and important parts on the car from heat and other damage. When the crush panel was removed, extra heat was displaced into the drivers cockpit. After 400 laps, Dillon’s body could not handle the heat. He pitted, was helped from the car, and unfortunately retired, finishing 37th. Dillon was treated and released from the infield care center at Martinsville for heat exhaustion.

Dillon summed up his night on Twitter early Thursday morning:

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