Sunday, April 21, 2013

Dramatic 'funny car' explosion during race sends debris into stands (VIDEO)

Fans escaped serious injury Saturday at the ZMax Speedway in Concord, N.C. when the whole body of a "funny car" broke loose from its chassis and flew into the stands.

The accident happened when an engine explosion caused the carbon fiber body to tear free of a car driven by Robert Hight competing at the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals. The car's body flew over a group of fans watching trackside, injuring two fans, neither seriously. Both were treated and released at the track clinic. Fortunately for other spectators, a railing about five feet in front of the grandstand absorbed most of the blow.

Hight finished the race uninjured.

"I asked where the body landed and they said, 'In the stands.' ... But they came back to me real quick and said no one was injured and everybody is good," Hight said after the near tragedy. "That's not what you want (to) have happening."

Instead of racing in the  traditional side-by-side drag races with two cars, four cars compete at one time.

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