1989 Nitro Funny Car driver R.C. Sherman survived a massive explosion when the throttle stuck a quarter way down track sending him heads first into the wall, exploding the fuel tank and sending the car end over end.
Sheman was cut from the car but luckily ended the day with bruises & a sprained wrist.
2011, one of the more scary incidents @ Auto Club Raceway involved Melanie Troxel who’s In-n-out burger Funny Car Re-fired after being pushed off the track.
Heading straight for a wire fence Troxel did everything she could to stop what was pretty much a runaway freight train. The car finally stopped after hitting a sportsman trailer. Luckily no one was injured and Melanie and A-Ok.