Funny Car racer Jeff Diehl has made the highlight reel two more times than he wanted to this season. For the second time since the NHRA 4-Wide Nationals, Diehl suffered a devastating explosion.
Video replays from the NHRA Route 66 Nationals showed an apparent loose header which led to a large explosion, the concussion of which forced his Funny Car up in the air and eventually into the wall.
“It was one of those rides you never want to take and it seems like I have been taking a few this year,” said Diehl, who failed to make the 16-car field. “I can’t say enough about the safety equipment.
Diehl was uninjured but admitted to a measure of neck soreness.
“I can’t believe I walked away from it,” Diehl said. “This is a bummer deal. I have to go home. I am out.” (Photos via ESPN2)