Rick Hord exited his flipped-over Pro Modified Corvette on his own Saturday after crashing in his last-ditch effort to qualify for the E3 Spark Plugs Series field at the AAA Midwest Insurance NHRA Nationals.
Hord, a veteran competitor from Belle Isle, Florida, was on a wild ride from the start of his run. The front of the car hiked up at about 200 feet on the quarter-mile course at World Wide Technology Raceway, near St. Louis. It veered to the right and spun onto its left side and sliced the front of the car open as it hit the guard wall in a flash of fire. Upside down, the car crossed the center line and skidded and rotated on its roof and finally came to a stop.
Carl Stevens escaped involvement in the opposite lane.
Hord was able to climb from the wreckage and walk away. He missed the 16-car race day lineup.
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