Jack Beckman’s funny car blew up today at New England Dragway during today’s NHRA qualifying, and yet the most fascinating part of the incident (other than, you know, a healthy Beckman walking away from it) is how calmly he reacts to it in the moments after his car blew up in his face:
Larry Dixon is the one airborne in this frightening video as his Top Fuel dragster apparently snapped in half somewhere near 300 MPH during the Gatornationals in Florida. He somehow walked away from this accident.
Several National Hot Rod Asscoation drag racers who appeared on the worst idea for a show ever, Street Outlaws, have been warned that their competition license may be suspended for going on the show. Problem is, several members are still booked to appear on the show and this sudden change in policy enforcement comes…
Woah. WOAH. The driver of a classic Chevy drag racer had quite the wreck, his legs coming completely out of the windshield, and then he got out and walked away. Like it ain't no thang at all.
ESPN announcers Dave Rieff and Mike Dunn almost got through a whole segment involving a naked woman without assessing her as "attractive" and ogling her. Almost!
Here's a fun photo essay of a car that defied gravity for one brief moment before crashing behind a retaining wall. The driver, Mike Austin, was competing in the "top alcohol dragster" category when his 200 mph-moving car soared off the race track.
"Brown said Unser was drag racing another car in his Suburban and was going around 101 mph before sheriff's deputies caught up to him. ... According to a sheriff's report, Unser smelled of alcohol and was slurring his speech. Sheriff's deputies said his blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit of 0.08." [AP]
Photographer Mark Rebilas sent over these bad-ass shots of NHRA Pro Mod driver Roger Burgess totally wrecking his '67 Firebird ride at 220 mph after crossing the Bristol Dragway finish line. Dude's a 60-year-old millionaire, says Rebilas, so $100,000 loss ain't no thang. If this is your type of thing, check out …
A 15-year-old, a 17-year-old, and others in their early 20s were killed last night during something called an "exhibition burnout" in Selmer, Tennessee. One of the cars spun out of control and into the crowd, killing seven and injuring at least 15 more. From the AP: