You know that form you have to sign when you enter a track? The one that basically makes you admit that you understand you’re going to play a dangerous game that might end up with damage? There’s a reason why it exists…things happen. Parts get scattered. Backfires send hoodscoops towards overhead 737s. And cars get out of shape. Racing is not for the timid, and probably the best advice I ever heard works well here: “Don’t race anything you aren’t willing to push over a cliff.”
Now, we wouldn’t be in a hurry to see either this wicked little S-10 or the Dart Swinger take the Wile E. Coyote plunge, but unfortunately, this race does not have a winner. Watch the Dart’s driver-side front wheel on launch very, very carefully. We might be seeing things, but from where we sit, that wheel and tire package isn’t completely playing along with the rest of the steering. Did something break that caused the Mopar to get loose? We don’t know for sure, but what we do know is that it gets loose before it gets into the Chevy. Luckily, the Chevy misses getting into a fire hydrant, and there aren’t any real hurt feelings involved.
We now know that parts did in fact break in the rear suspension of the Dart Swinger and that when it got out of shape the driver lifted which caused the suspension to move and unload and get even worse which sent him towards the S10. The big jerk of the wheel, which saved him from completely plowing into the S10, whipped his quarter panel into the S10. Thankfully it was at relatively low speed and both drivers walked away with minor damage considering what could have been.