Todd Lesenko is a veteran of the drag racing nitro wars. The Canadian driver has competed in modern and nostalgia funny cars and top fuelers. He’s also exploded a few. That may explain his incredible driving job at the NHRA finals in Pomona on Saturday. We showed you Jack Beckman’s violent flaming explosion but now the NHRA has released video of Lesenko’s boomer and they have super slow motion video that is some of the most compelling drag racing footage you’ll ever lay your eyes on.
The super slow motion shows that Lesenko is an absolute, card carrying, brass ball, bad ass. Pay close attention. The dude is DRIVING the car through every step of the flaming, bouncing, and out so shape violence that follow the explosion. At one point the whole car is airborne and rather than tucking in and riding it out, Lesenko is wheeling the car and he keeps a really bad situation from getting worse. The car doesn’t hit anything and outside of the obvious loss of the body, doesn’t seem to suffer any other ill effects. The fact that the steering stayed connected says something, too!
Beckman’s blow up was bad and he did a good job of driving but we’re thinking that Lesenko showed him up here…unwillingly, of course!
Press play and watch Todd Lesenko do everything but expose the S on his chest under the firesuit!