Damn! Glad He’s Okay!

Today was a rough day for the NHRA’s reigning top fuel champion, Antron Brown.

In the first round of eliminations from the O’Reily Auto Parts Winternationals in Pomona, CA, his engine exploded at the end of a winning run. Things like this happen and the engines get rebuilt between rounds anyway.

In the very next round, however, his engine experienced a more catastrophic explosion that destroyed both rear tires…

Antron Brown Pomona Crash

…. resulting in an horrific crash…

Antron Brown Crash

 

And here’s the video…

Ironically, he won THAT round also but wasn’t allowed to use a backup car to continue per NHRA rules.

Antron was a little beat up because of the crash, but wasn’t badly hurt. Some top fuel teams are using a canopy that covers the cockpit for the first time this year. Antron was spared further injury due to fire or debris entering the cockpit due to this canopy.

I believe the NHRA should mandate canopies on top fuel cars effective immediately.

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