02/28/2012 03:26 pm ET Updated Oct 11, 2012

Tide Detergent Cleans Up Jet Fuel From Juan Montoya's Daytona 500 Car Crash (VIDEO)

Here's evidence to the power of Tide laundry detergent...beyond clothes. Use it to clean up jet fuel spilled on a racetrack as was the case last night at the 54th NASCAR races in Dayton Beach, Florida.

During the race, driver Juan Pablo Montoya swerved and collided into a safety truck on the sidetracks that was filled with 200 gallons of jet fuel. No one was hurt but flames had erupted from the crash and scorched the racetracks. Then almost instantly comes boxes of Tide laundry powder detergent on to the racetrack for cleaning up the mess. After some intense scrubbing, the crash crisis was averted and the race resumed.

We're pretty impressed that Tide detergent can break down even jet fuel. Seriously, who knew? But we're also impressed that there were boxes of laundry detergent ready-at-hand at the racetracks...even if Tide is a NASCAR sponsor. Was the laundry detergent originally meant for cleaning clothes at the race or stocked specifically to pinch-hit in unexpected situations like this? It has us, along with others, wondering.

Watch the Fox video of the incident below and let us know your thoughts in comments.



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