Swedish native and Pro Modified standout Adam Flamholc was uninjured in a frightening high-speed incident during the opening round of eliminations on Saturday evening at the NMRA/NMCA Super of Street Legal Drag Racing in Joliet, Illinois, when he lost control of his supercharged Corvette and struck the retaining wall nearly head-on.
Flamholc, the incoming points leader in the NMCA’s Xtreme Pro Mod eliminator, had qualified number one in his ’63 Corvette in a series record field of 28 cars with a 3.80, earning him a first round date with Mark Wells’ turbocharged Camaro. After the tree dropped, Flamholc’s machine made a move toward the wall at around the 250 foot mark, forcing him to get on and off the loud-pedal several times in an effort to tiptoe it to the round win. Just beyond the eighth-mile finish stripe, the car pitched abruptly toward the right wall, forcing Flamholc take an evasive maneuver, ultimately overcorrecting back across the track — in front of Wells, who thankfully had shut the car off early in the run — and into the left lane guardrail at upwards of 150 mph.
Other than his pride, Flamholc checked out without any injuries, and according to reports, petitioned for series officials to allow him to enter another car in Sunday’s second round, despite rules that prohibit it. The loss of not only the racecar, but his forced early exit from eliminations served as a bit of a blow to Flamholc in the points chase, as finalists Jason Hamstra and Billy Banaka made up considerable ground in the standings.
Not one to allow an incident such as this to derail his season, however, Flamholc has already acquired the 2012 Mustang formerly campaigned by Hamstra, allowing him to quickly get back to racing and rejoin the series at its next stop in Norwalk, Ohio late next month.
“If you ask my wife and parents they might think I’m a bit nuts. But I don’t like to give up, and the same goes for the guys on our team. So, late last night we picked up another racecar. I bought it as a roller, so the engine and transmission and some electronics from the crashed Corvette will be used after we check the parts out. The plan is to have all this done, so we can test the car Thursday and race the car in St. Louis at the Street Car Super Nationals this coming weekend.”