Tommy Johnson Jr’s run of bad luck in his Funny Car continued during qualifying at the 50th Amalie Oil Gatornationals when he rode out a massive explosion.
While many eyes were on opponent John Force as he crossed the center line of Gainesville Raceway in the final qualifying session, all attention was soon on Johnson Jr as the Make-A-Wish car blew the body off in spectacular fashion at near 250mph.
Johnson Jr was engulfed in flames for a brief second but the heat quickly subsided and he was able to bring the car to a safe stop, thanks to stringent NHRA drag racing safety standards. While crashes and accidents are common, injuries are not.
The explosion was the third such incident in six runs for Johnson Jr, who rode out two explosions in Phoenix just weeks ago.