Power tools banned in fuel transfers

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NASCAR has banned the use of power tools when teams are transferring fuel.

The decision Thursday is in response to a fuel fire next to Regan Smith's hauler at Talladega Superspeedway. The fire broke out as spouts from gas cans were being removed so excess fuel could be poured into storage.

A spark from a power tool apparently ignited gas inside one can. No one was hurt in the fire, which sent thick clouds of black smoke through the garage.

There was no previous rule as to how the spouts could be removed. This is the first year these cans have been used.

The ban was issued by NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton and applies to all NASCAR series.