Pro Mods are fairly well known as ill-handling machines. Modern Pro Modified cars are basically the bastard lovechild of a Top Alcohol Funny Car powertrain and a Pro Stock chassis, or as many refer to them, Funny Cars with Doors. This combination of monster torque and short wheelbase often leads to crazy, if not devastating crashes.
Alston Holsted was behind the wheel of this badass flamed 1963 Stingray-bodied Pro Mod, flying All Parts Auto Salvage sponsorship, at Tulsa Raceway Park last season when he and the ‘Vette took a wild ride into BOTH of TRP’s concrete retaining walls. The blown Corvette appeared to be headed for disaster right out of the gate, as it left hard and made a slow but direct move toward the wall closest to Sean Melton’s Urban Hillbilly camera. Holsted tried to correct, but it appears he was far enough out of the groove that the car lost traction and fishtailed, pinballed off of the near wall before crossing both lanes and smacking the far wall at a fairly high rate of speed. Alston finally wrestled the battered ride to a stop, but not after bouncing one last time off the right-lane wall, sliding to a stop in a shower of sparks just past the finish line.
Luckily for Holsted, all the safety equipment onboard his hotrod did its job and he emerged unscathed, though his pride may have been sporting a fairly deep bruise. Melton reports in the video’s description that the car has been rebuilt and will be tackling the 2015 season, so that’s a little bit of good news for the team. For me, the ultimate irony in this video is that the other driver had redlighted, ensuring Holsted a win if he’d been able to keep his ride off the wall. Sometimes, the universe just nails you with a Tyson-like 1-2 punch.