No one said that drag racing is safe. In fact, if any recent coverage
of the motorsport is any indication, drag racing is a rather risky
hobby. However, whether a part of the National Hot Rod Association
(NHRA) or not, tracks all across the country have guidelines for racers
and cars that insure minimal risk to drivers and spectators at drag
racing events, and for good reason. Case in point- the video above.
The video was shot at the Dallas Raceway on September 18, 2010 at the
True Street Qualifying event. John Mathis’ ‘69 Camaro is lined up
against a Yenko Deuce, a 427cui Yenko Nova that we hope is a clone, since
the driver seems to have no problem thrashing it on the drag strip.
With a quick drop of the lights, the Camaro, driven by Cedric Ingram,
takes off clean against his Yenko competitor, but then something goes
wrong. With the back wheels skidding to the right around the 60-foot
mark, the Camaro turns into the wall hard with an explosion of sparks.
The car then proceeds to turn across both lanes of the track, hitting
the barrier on the opposite side before coming to a rest.
In crashes like these, it isn’t unheard of for drivers to be severely
injured and require emergency medical treatment. However, thanks in
part to strict track guidelines and also some luck, Ingram steps out of
the Camaro at his own will, seemingly unscathed.
While a closer look at the car around a minute into the video reveals
an incredibly wrecked car and a turned in steering wheel from Ingram
hitting it with his chest, it is safe to say that had safety regulations
not been in place and enforced, this wreck could have resulted in a
much dimmer outcome.
A little part of me died watching this guy total out this classic muscle car…