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Photo Recap: Jason DuChene Funny Car Explosion

Text and all Photos by Sheryl Ogonoski

Jason DuChene suffered one of the most intense funny car explosions in recent memory. Photo by Sheryl Ogonoski
Jason DuChene suffered one of the most intense funny car explosions and fires in recent memory.

The movie looks great on the site. I can't stop watching it. We have about 30 minutes on film. I did manage to get a shot with my Pentax, but the explosion just made everything a blur (thought I would send it anyway). I wanted to share the other pix I did get. I am usually down at the line for the best shots (I like to get the launch). I would have been standing right about where it exploded, but I decided to shoot from the first grandstand to get a shot of both "Trial N Error" cars. Good choice I made ...ya think? They were having problems with the other car that Randy Bykowsky drives. They shut him off and Jason ran a single. After the boom, it took me a second to gain my composure. It scared the hell out of me, especially seeing it through my telephoto. I missed some good shots because I froze.

So far, the only thing they know is that they broke two connecting rods. They are still trying to figure out why the tank blew from the inside.

Jason DuChene and Randy Bykowsky line up in the Castrol Trial N Error cars
Jason DuChene and Randy Bykowsky line up in the Castrol Trial N Error cars

After Randy shuts off, Jason burns out before a single run
After Randy shuts off, Jason burns out before a single run

The major explosion shocked our intrepid photographer!
The major explosion shocked our intrepid photographer!

The fire continues as Jason rolls down the track
The fire continues as Jason rolls down the track

Fire crews were on the scene immediately
Fire crews were on the scene immediately

Not much left of the Castrol Syntec Trial N Error body
Not much left of the Castrol Syntec Trial N Error body

The aftermath of the fire
The aftermath of the fire

Sheryl Ogonoski (Sitko)
sogonoski@shaw.ca
Edmonton, Alberta

 

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