As much as we love drag racing and the pursuit of speed, every now and again a video like this comes along and reminds us just how dangerous our much-loved, speed-based hobby can be.
It starts out innocently enough, during a grudge race at Outlaw Armageddon in Oklahoma. A 3,000 hp twin turbo Camaro trundles up into the far lane while a blown Chevrolet pickup sipping E85 warms up the tires and rolls onto his mark.
The cars settle into position, the official raises his arms, and the Camaro blasts down the track. Meanwhile, the truck’s right rear tires gently rolls across the track, striking the tire wall just inches from the lens of the cameraman from 1320video.
Pit crews, camera people and bystanders immediately flood the track and descend upon the truck, and a quick inspection reveals that the lug nuts on the wheel were over-tightened, causing the bolts to shear right off.
The driver and crew aren’t exactly pleased with the results of their work, but as one bystander notes, “better here than down there.” Point taken, sir.
Watch the Camaro fly down the track and picture it losing a wheel near the end of the 1,320. Yup, something tells us the driver of the pickup knows he got lucky this time around.