As the saying goes, if you race cars, you are going to crash cars. The old adage range true during the NHRA Heartland Nationals in Topeka, Kansas this past weekend, where a handful of wrecks kept safety crews busy.
Among those racers who crashed was Pro Mod competitor Jeremy Ray, who was uninjured in a massive wreck that occurred while he was racing Erica Enders in the opening round of eliminations.
Ray, who fields a 1963 C2 Corvette nicknamed ‘Carolina Kingpin, lost control of the car after it wandered outside the groove. The car then slid sideways, flipping it on its side before it slid into the far side retainer wall and impacted it on the driver’s side. The car then flipped back onto its wheels and rolled down the track for some time before it came to a rest near the end of the track.
Luckily Ray was uninjured in the wreck, although his car was completely destroyed. Unfortunately, that likely means Ray will be forced to miss next weekend’s NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals from Bristol, Tennessee. We’re sure the NHRA community will join us in wishing Ray luck in getting this fan-favorite machine back on the road ASAP, though.
Ray’s first career win came last year, when he and the Carolina Kingpin Corvette beat Justin Bond on a holeshot in the final round with a 5.774 pass, winning by just .005-seconds.
Be sure to watch the replay of Ray’s NHRA Heartland Nationals wreck in the video embedded above. You won’t want to miss this wild wreck.