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    Freak Drive Train Failure................!

    Even with all that safety gear you still can get injured! At end of video you can see the damage done to the drivers right arm.

    One lucky fella!

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    Driveshaft was underspeced evidently. There are critical specifications for driveshafts for specified HP/torque ratings. Beefing the floorpan was a great idea, but specing the correct driveshaft is needed too. Perhaps he's exceeded the driveshafts available commercially ?

    I'm sure he was smart enough not to be using a stock GM Camaro D/S?

    Glad he survived . He's very lucky.
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    Wow! He was lucky!
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    Will any drive shaft stand up to a suddenly locked transmission at those speeds? Sounds like the tranny separated it self from the engine.
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    I worked for the NHRA in the Technical Services Dept for many years (now retired) and have see this happen on a number of occasions...transmission lock up, U-joint failures, broken and twisted driveshafts, etc....and a drive shaft "can" penetrate a stock steel floor pan (kinda makes you wonder about your daily driver). The worst I saw was a front U-joint break, the driveshaft penetrated a stock steel floor pan, and continued to spin and flail around in the drivers compartment beating the day lights out of the driver....bad deal! Driveshaft hoops (when installed correctly) to contain the driveshaft work well....in most cases, but not all. This is an extreme example of what can go wrong, and believe me, when you are on the track forcing an automobile to do something it was never intended to do...things "will" go wrong. I have seen it too many times. The NHRA tries to take an aggressive attitude towards safety and rules compliance, but as always Murphy's Law applies...what can go wrong, will go wrong! These racers know the chance they take and accept the risk, and most told me "its not if it will happen but when it will happen" that concerns them!!!!
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    My friend - that's RACING!!! You race stuff - you break stuff.. That's just how the loud pedal works..

    I used to run mud trucks, rock trucks, and other 4x4's pretty hard offroad... You just would not believe how many blown up drive shafts, axles, differentials, axle housings, transfer cases, and transmissions I have seen....
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    Everyone knows that anything mechanical will never break, splinter or crash land.....so race on witout a care in the world.
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