I once saw a bumper sticker that read: “If the meek inherit the earth, who will ride the drag bikes.” That question may well apply to Top Fuel dragsters as well.
These things reach roughly 330 mph (that is well over 500 km/h for our Canadian readers) in just 1,000 feet! By their very nature, they are quite literally the most violent vehicles on the planet.
Earlier today, during the first qualifying round for the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals in Gainesville, Florida, Larry Dixon’s machine buckled in the middle at roughly 280 mph, before breaking apart and then hitting the wall. Doing his best Man of Steel impression, Dixon walked away from the crash.