Apr 20, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT
UPDATE (6:16 p.m. ET): USA Today has posted Gluck’s story on the incident in Charlotte, which contains this quote from driver Robert Hight: “I asked where the body landed and they said, ‘In the stands.’ It was like, ‘Oh, man…’ But they came back to me real quick and said no one was injured and everybody is good. That’s not what you want [to] have happening.”
UPDATE (4:17 p.m. ET): Gluck is reporting that both of those fans that were treated for cuts have already been released from the track’s care center. He’s also tweeted photos of Hight’s car body (one of which is now shown) and where the remains of it ended up: “A piece of the car body hit a railing above pedestrian walkway. Rest landed off track. Wow, everyone here should go buy a lotto ticket.”
The NHRA has now tweeted that racing is back on in Charlotte after a delay to clean up “Hight’s boomer.”
A car body has gone into the stands at Charlotte’s zMax Dragway during qualifications for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. USA Today’s Jeff Gluck is reporting that two individuals are being treated on site for minor scrapes and that driver Robert Hight, whose car body was identified as the one that went into the stands, is fine.
The NHRA’s Twitter account has mentioned a “body-launching engine explosion” involving Hight, but nothing more of the incident at this time. More to come…
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