This is some of the most incredible video we have ever seen come out of a drag strip. The calamity happened last weekend during a no-prep race at Wilkesboro Dragway. The Mustang you are about to see was beautiful car that appeared to have the best of the best stuff on it from front to back. By the time the run was over, the machine was torn in half, a spectator was injured, and amazingly the driver was not badly hurt.
Long story short, the driver made a decision to pedal the Mustang down track when the car was not headed in a straight line. This brought about a series of events that will make your eyes bug out of your head. The car makes a move left and heads for a section of steel guardrail between two sets of concrete barrier walls. Hitting the guardrail the Mustang launches into a barrel roll and contacts the steel beam holding the scoreboard up almost dead on with the rear axle. The flying parts and debris injured a young woman who was watching at the top end. She will make a full recovery.
Incredibly the back half of the car is just torn out like it was made of paper. The massive beam holding the score board was dented and mildly bent but it definitely won this fight. It’s almost more mind boggling that the scoreboard did not fall over.
This accident is not an indictment of no prep racing and it was not “caused” by the steel guardrail. The root cause was the down track pedal when the car was not headed in a straight line. Prep or not, this was not going to end well for the Mustang. Yes, it ended WORSE because of the guardrail but the “cause” was not the rail itself. Down track pedaling typically does not end well, from no-prep Mustangs to A/fuel dragsters, and nitro funny cars. Dangerous stuff.