It’s been an insane weekend here at the NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, with lots of carnage and insane elapsed times to go with the 30 race classes on the track. NMRA Renegade racer Valerie Clements went for a wild ride of her own on Saturday afternoon during the third round of qualifying, as the engine expired in dramatic fashion and sent her rocketing into the wall before spinning out and nearly backing into the opposite wall.
This video, run by the team at SCT Performance from a video camera placed on the side of Swill Scott Lovell’s Renegade machine, shows the carnage in real-time, from the opposing lane. You can see just when the engine lets go, as the huge plume of smoke trails the car, and then Val goes for the ride of her life. From what we understand, one of the pistons decided it didn’t want to remain in one piece, sending plenty of synthetic oil underneath the tires and removing all control from the steering wheel for a few moments.
Valerie recovered quickly, managing to keep the car pointed in the right direction most of the time before sliding across the track and ending up pointing at the wall. Luckily (and unluckily) for Lovell, his supercharger gave up the ghost in the middle of the run, slowing him down and giving him a solid chance to get stopped before T-boning the SCT-sponsored machine. A great driving job by both competitors, and from what we understand Valerie will attempt to take the beams for her first round pass to gain the points – she’s currently sitting in second place behind Brian Mitchell. Make sure to watch in HD!