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NHRA Pro Stock driver Paul Pittman had a tough day on Sunday at the NHRA Mopar Mile High Nationals outside of Denver, Co.
Pittman qualified for this event in just his fourth attempt and even scored a holeshot against heavily favored first round opponent Allen Johnson.
After getting out of the groove, Pittman drifted towards the centerline and then darted hard to the right. Pittman pulled it back to keep it off the wall, but the car barrel-rolled and hit the left guardwall. Pittman’s car then went back across the track, slamming hard into the right wall. It drifted back into the left wall for one more hard hit before coming to a stop.*** The NHRA safety team was quickly on the scene and Pittman was out of the car almost immediately and appeared to suffer no serious injuries.
It was a very tough break for Pittman and certainly a devastating way to end the weekend for a driver making his Pro Stock debut.
“I’m excellent. I’m in real good shape,” Pittman said when asked if he had any injuries.
“The main and important thing is you’re able to walk away. All weekend we’ve been struggling leaving the starting line and we finally did that. I just thought, ‘I’m going to make a run here,’ and next thing I know I’m going towards the cones. I veered to the right and she started fishing all over the place. Before I knew it, the car was on the roof and I knew it was going to be a real hard hit.”
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