Lucky driver walks away from horrific crash as 8,000-horsepower engine explodes with drag racer inside
12:43 GMT, 18 February 2013
18:11 GMT, 18 February 2013
This is the moment the engine of a 300mph dragster explodes in the middle of a race – turning the machine into a fireball.
The race car can then be seen flipping over and continuing down the tracks as machine parts fly off the car on to the track.
Incredibly, driver Antron Brown manages to haul himself out the car completely uninjured when it comes to a stop and walks off the track to get himself checked out by medical teams.
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Lucky: Antron Brown somehow walked away from this horrific crash
Brown, 36, had been competing in the
National Hot Rod Association's (NHRA) Winternationals drag racing
competition in Pomona, California, on Sunday.
He had just reached the finish line in the second round of final
eliminations against Dave Grubnic when the 8,000-horsepower engine
But much has been done to protect drivers from these sorts of incidents
in recent years because of the inherent dangers associated with the
In flames: The dragster's 8,000-horsepower engine exploded unexpectedly
Shattering: The wall cracked after the dragster flew in to it
Minor injuries: Brown was able to walk away from the accident
Halted: The dragster only stopped moving when skidding into a sand pit at the end of the track
Brown's dragsters had a plastic canopy covering his head which was only
approved in August of last year and helped to protect him as he slid
down the track in flames.
A lot of the safety precautions brought in are to protect the drivers
from engine explosions after drag racing legend Edward Glenn 'Fireball'
Roberts who burned to death in a fiery car crash in 1964.
Driver must also wear a fire suits and a safety harness which holds them
secure in the seat but can be released in less than a second in case
the driver needs to escape the vehicle.
But, despite the safety precautions, many drivers have still been killed in races with 13 deaths between 1983 and 2010.
Dragster racing at 300mph explodes into fireball
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