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:
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: