It was one of the most frightening scenes to play out at zMAX Dragway in Concord, but thankfully, it ended with a minimum of injury.
On Saturday during the Dollar General NHRA Four Side Nationals, the engine blew in Robert Hight's Mustang, blowing the shell off the frame and sending it high into the air.
Caught in the wind, the shell blew over towards the east grand stand and landed on a walkway, resulting in minor injuries for two fans.
"You have to have safety on our mind all the time," said NHRA representative Jerry Archambeault. We met with the team Saturday night to find out what they knew about it.
Archambeault told WBTV that meetings are scheduled this week with the organization's tech group. He says that shows how quickly the NHRA mobilizes on any incident that may deal with fan safety.
"We do that with every incident," Archambeault added. "It isn't just because of this incident. We do this with every incident that may not be as spectacular as this incident was, that's what we've done for sixty years. Look at our safety record."
Scott Cooper at zMAX Dragway told WBTV that the track itself already exceeds safety requirements that are put in place for events hosting NHRA events.