Constant Carnage Consumes Cars at NHRA Commerce – by Mark J. Rebilas

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There are moments in NHRA drag racing that make you sit on the edge of your seat as you anxiously await for the driver to climb out of the mangled burning vehicle ok. With all the safety advancements in today’s NHRA major incidents don’t happen often but at the 2014 Southern Nationals near Atlanta we all were reminded of what can happen when you race at speeds well over 300mph. Strap in and check out the wild weekend through my lens.

Phoenix-based photographer Mark J. Rebilas shares photos of car explosions at the NHRA Southern Nationals 2014 near Atlanta.

Over the course of the last several years, the sport of NHRA drag racing has become incredibly safe. While cars don’t blow up and crash near as much as they used to back in the 80′s and 90′s, when you are running on nitromethane anything can happen. And this weekend in Atlanta anything did happen. Multiple times in fact!

I actually got so many crash, fire and explosion photos that they are getting their own blog.

Continue reading and see more photos on Mark’s blog.

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The engine explodes in the dragster of Antron Brown instantly taking out the right rear tire causing debris to hit the far side of the rear wing. Notice the side plate already breaking.

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The NHRA safety safari on the scene putting a fire out on the dragster of Chris Karamesines.

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Jack Beckman suffers an engine explosion breaking his Dodge Charger body in half. Air gets beneath the Valvoline body and tears it into several pieces.

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