Racing is a full contact sport. And sometimes drivers pay the ultimate price. But most of the time, thankfully, drivers walk away mostly unscathed thanks to incredible safety equipment. Even if the crash happens at 200 miles per hour. That’s what occurred over the weekend between two Pro Mod Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette dragsters.
Yesterday, NHRA Pro Mod racer Jeremy Ray of Lugoff, South Carolina was involved in a spectacular crash during the first round of eliminations at the Menard’s NHRA Heartland Nationals presented by Minties. Ray’s 1963 Corvette Pro Mod dragster broke loose, turned to the right, crossed the lane, and then rolled hard into the guard wall. Thankfully Ray exited under his own power, but was taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The 1963 Corvette Pro Mod will need a rebuild.
That wasn’t the only crash from the weekend.
Shortly after Ray’s Corvette incident, Pro Mod drivers Todd Tutterow of Lewisville, North Carolina and Steven Whiteley of Grand Junction, Colorado, had a collision between their Camaro Pro Mod NHRA dragsters. Tutterow’s 1968 Camaro lost grip near the finish. When Tutterow attempted to regain control of his Camaro, it swerved into the left lane, and crashed into Whitely’s Camaro in the right lane after the finish line. Like earlier, both drivers exited under their own power, and proceeded back to their respective tents.
Stevie Jackson won the event overall with a 5.747-second pass at 251.72 mph in his Bahrain1 Chevrolet Camaro, picking up the final round win over Clint Satterfield’s 5.933 at 251.58, also in a Camaro. It’s the sixth of twelve races for the 2019 E3 Spark Plugs NHRA Pro Mod Drag Racing Series presented by J&A Service. The action picks up this weekend, on June 14-16, at the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway in Bristol, Tennessee.