Video: TAFC Racer Andy Bohl’s Harrowing Chicago Crash

Veteran Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Andy Bohl emerged uninjured in a frightening high-speed crash on Saturday evening at the Route 66 NHRA Nationals in Joliet, Illinois.

Bohl, from Racine, Wisconsin, was racing top qualifier Annie Whiteley in the opening round of eliminations under the lights Saturday when he lost control of his Howard’s Cams-backed, Chevrolet Camaro-bodied flopper on the top end of the racetrack.

 

A former winner of the JEGS Allstars sportsman special event held earlier in the day at the Route 66, Bohl and his machine took a vicious turn into the left lane guardrail at the 1/8-mile mark, taking a glancing blow at over 200 mph that has rendered lesser men unconscious. The car then careened across the track on its side and slammed into the guardrail undercarriage-first, lighting up the darkness with a shower of sparks as the chassis contacted the concrete barrier.

For one final insult to injury, the car shot back across the track in the shutdown area and struck the left lane wall again virtually head-on, catching fire and shedding parts (but amazingly, not its carbon-fiber body). Despite the three brutal impacts that could have easily knocked Bohl out or caused compression injuries, he was able to climb from the battered car under his own power.

A top-15 points finisher a year ago, Bohl was making his first start of the 2019 season at Chicago.

About the author

Andrew Wolf

Andrew has been involved in motorsports from a very young age. Over the years, he has photographed several major auto racing events, sports, news journalism, portraiture, and everything in between. After working with the Power Automedia staff for some time on a freelance basis, Andrew joined the team in 2010.
Read My Articles

Drag Racing in your Inbox.

Build your own custom newsletter with the content you love from Dragzine, directly to your inbox, absolutely FREE!

Free WordPress Themes
Dragzine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

We'll send you the most interesting Dragzine articles, news, car features, and videos every week.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Dragzine NEWSLETTER - SIGN UP FREE!

We will safeguard your e-mail and only send content you request.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...



Hot Rods & Muscle Cars

Diesel Army

Engine Tech

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Subscribe to more FREE Online Magazines!

We think you might like...

  • Hot Rods & Muscle Cars
  • Diesel Army
  • Engine Tech

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Dragzine - Drag Racing Magazine

Thank you for your subscription.

Thank you for your subscription.

Loading