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Drag Racing Legend Airlifted to Hospital After Car Explosion and 300 mph Crash

Drag race legend John Power was rushed to the ICU after his automotive suffered a “catastrophic engine failure” and exploded on the end line of an elimination race.

Power, 75, was competing within the first spherical of Humorous Automotive eliminations on the PlayNHRA Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park on Sunday when his automotive exploded, inflicting his automobile to slam right into a “concrete guard wall” at 302 mph, John Power Racing revealed in a assertion on X Monday.

The Corridor of Fame drag racer’s workforce shared that the crash occurred whereas Power was crossing the end line and was brought on by a “catastrophic engine failure.”

Protection of the race reveals Power’s blue Chevrolet Camaro SS exploding after crossing the end line of the quarter-mile drag strip.

Power’s automobile then careened throughout the observe, collided with the opposite wall, and got here to a fiery cease.

“After NHRA Security Safari personnel extricated and stabilized the 16-time champion, he was transported by medical helicopter to a trauma hospital the place he nonetheless was being noticed and evaluated on Monday,” his workforce shared.

Docs caring for the Southern California native have been “transferring slowly in assessing the extent” of his accidents as a result of “depth of the affect” the crash brought on.

“Medical employees is not going to present a therapy and restoration timetable till a complete analysis is accomplished.”

His daughter, two-time NHRA High Gas champion Britanny Power, stays by his facet on the hospital, his workforce shared. She additionally had been competing in Sunday’s occasion.

Power’s workforce will present updates on the situation of the 157-time tour winner within the coming days

“Watching your childhood hero undergo that was horrifying,” Virginia Motorsports Park  VP Tyler Crossnoe advised WTVR following the crash.

“Seeing him get out of the automotive, even underneath his personal energy, was a blessing.”

Virginia Motorsports Park officers are investigating what brought on the doubtless deadly wreck.

Power’s teammate Austin Prock gained Sunday’s Humorous Automotive division, topping Bob Tasca III within the last spherical, in line with NHRA.

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