Drag Racing Legend Taken to Hospital by Helicopter After Fiery Explosion During Race

National Hot Rod Association great John Force was alert and talking to safety workers immediately after a fiery, 300-mph crash Sunday in the Virginia Nationals at Virginia Motorsports Park.
John Force Racing said the 75-year-old Force — a racing world legend — was examined at the track by the NHRA Medical Team before being transported by medical helicopter to a facility for further evaluation.
During the first round of Funny Car eliminations, the engine exploded on Force’s car at the finish line, with the vehicle going across the center line and striking the left concrete guard wall, then careening back across into the right wall.

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Three weeks ago in New Hampshire, Force raced to his record 157th NHRA victory and second of the season.

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