Video: Pontiac Hurls A Charge Pipe Into Crowd During Dyno Pull!

Rushing air under significant pressure, in drag racing terms known as boost, has a way of finding the path of least resistance, making it more than capable of destroying parts in the right scenario. Ryan Mitchel decided to turn the boost WAY up on his third-generation Firebird on the dyno at the recent Missouri F-Body Mustang Meet. The boost found the weakest link in his turbo system in a major way, but that didn’t stop Mitchel from putting up a big number on the dyno or turning on the win lights at the drag strip during the event.

Mitchel kicked off his race weekend at the House of Boost for their dyno challenge as part of the Missouri F-Body Mustang Meet. To take home the top prize, Mitchel knew a big number was needed, so he let all 540 cubic-inches of engine under the hood of his Pontiac loose. During the pull, catastrophe struck, as the charge pipe decided it didn’t want to be a part of the program anymore and shot off the engine into the crowd. Thankfully, the pipe bounced around under the hood and scrubbed off speed before it made its 1,573 horsepower exit.

Mitchel’s weekend wasn’t done after dyno day, though, as he had some racing to do at U.S. 36 Raceway. In the Outlaw Class Mitchel was able to rip off a series of four-second passes as he marched towards the finals. He even had a close race where he ran a new personal best of 4.78 at 159 mph and picked up the win by just .006, or just one foot on the track!

Check out the full video where the 1320 Video team did an outstanding of capturing not only the dyno insanity, but Michel’s trek towards victory at the track.

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Brian Wagner

Spending his childhood at different race tracks around Ohio with his family’s 1967 Nova, Brian developed a true love for drag racing. When Brian is not writing, you can find him at the track as a crew chief, doing freelance photography, or beating on his nitrous-fed 2000 Trans Am.
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