John Force rode out a spectacular, and rare, start line explosion in his Peak Funny Car in Atlanta on Friday.
While these kinds of backfires are not unique, it was unexpected for Force to have such a problem so close to the start line.
Force escaped without any injury thanks to the impressive safety systems on board his car and would return later under the lights to lay down an impressive three second run.
Check out the photo sequence of the incident below. Photos by Luke Nieuwhof.