Saturday, November 10, 2012

NHRA Funny Car explodes in middle of race

Funny Car leader Jack Beckman was OK after his engine exploded in the middle of his first qualifying heat during the opening round of the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona, Calif..

Beckman was racing against Ron Capps when his Valvoline NextGen Dodge Charger blew up and engulfed his car completely in flames.  Car parts flew like shrapnel all over the track.

The amazing thing is that Beckman hopped from car and actually walked away from the wreck on his own two feet.  Luckily, he was wearing a fire suit and surrounded by a cage inside the flaming car — which can reach speeds of up to 320 mph.

To get an intense driver's view check out 0:57 of the video.

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