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Drag racer Mark Taliaferro walks away from horrific crash (video)

Aug 4, 2014, 9:57 PM EDT

Mark Taliaferro took a wild ride in his Top Alcohol Dragster during this past weekend's NHRA national event at Kent, Washington. Thankfully, Taliaferro was uninjured. (Photo courtesy Mark Taliaferro Racing) Mark Taliaferro took a wild ride in his Top Alcohol Dragster during this past weekend's NHRA national event at Kent, Washington. Thankfully, Taliaferro was uninjured. (Photo courtesy Mark Taliaferro Racing)

Drag racer Mark Taliaferro is one very lucky individual after one of the season’s most horrific crashes during Sunday’s final eliminations of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Northwest Nationals at Pacific Raceways in Kent, Washington.

Taliaferro, from Odessa, Texas, competes in the NHRA’s Top Alcohol Dragster class, which is essentially the feeder class for Top Fuel. Think of it as being to the NHRA what the Nationwide Series is to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

When he took the green “go” light at the starting line, Taliaferro immediately got into trouble — and things just got worse from there. After losing traction and smoking his tires, his car did a hard 90-degree turn, crossed the median stripe and hit the retaining wall on the opposite line head-on. The impact ruptured the engine, causing it to explode.

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Thankfully, as NHRA officials reported afterwards, Taliaferro was uninjured. But you can bet he’ll keep a copy of this tape to one day show his grandkids, if not become the latest installment of the “And They Walked Away” series.

In addition to checking out the video below, click here to visit Taliaferro’s Facebook page, which contains many more photos and information.

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  1. techmeister1 - Aug 5, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    He spun the tires early and didn’t lift until the car turned sideways. That was his major mistake. He’s a VERY luck man to walk away from that crash.

  2. chad4208 - Aug 5, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    is that video from the internet live feed?

  3. organichairproductreview - Aug 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    The other guy red lighted. All he had to do was CROSS THE FINISH LINE and he would have won.

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