Anyone who thinks that drag racing doesn’t take skill or talent, obviously has never been to an event. The drivers are a different breed, they fight for every hundredth of a second and sometimes that leads to disaster.
Case in point, June 25th when owner and driver of the ’57 Supercharged Chevy “Black Ice” Vinnie DiRose was making a pass at Capitol Raceway in Crofton, Maryland. Everything looked to be a normal day; in fact. Vinnie had made a pass earlier in the day at 7.823 at 176.88 mph. Not to mention that he had already taken home the Mickey Thompson Burnout Challenge award. However, when the green light flashed for his third run of the day, things went terribly wrong.
Vinnie appeared to smoke the tires right out of the gate and made a good save. Once he got it straightened back up he decided to gas it up one more time, this would prove to be a disastrous idea as the car would once again spin the tires and send him careening towards the outside wall. Vinnie would slam the wall, flip, and then catch on fire after it came to rest . The track crews were unable to put the fire out, and according to reports the car sat on fire while waiting for the fire department to arrive.
For Vinnie, he was fortunate to walkaway from the scary crash. However, for his 57 Chevy, the future looked bleak. Now, his brother Tony is now stepping in to help out and is actually raffling off two bracket cars and donating the money to get his brother’s car back up and running. You can read more about the raffle here
You can watch the scary crash below: