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Standout Wheelstands Though wheelstands are not as common today, many drivers over the years have seen more sky than racetrack when their cars’ front ends hiked up, including the 16 highlight-reel-worthy ones featured here by Candida Benson requested by Joe Seeslak Coulwood, N.C. here is an old adage that states, “If T you can’t be good, be spectacular.” Though every drag racer would choose being good every time, many have fallen into the spectacular category during their careers. With high-horsepower engines that can be extremely volatile and incredibly unpredictable at times, numerous drag racing vehicles have tested the law of gravity, sending their drivers on wild rides that would be talked Jimmy King’s 1970 Indy experience about for years by anyone who witnessed ended upside down when he landed them. Through the more than 50 years of on the lid of his dragster after a NHRA Drag Racing, there have been starting-line wheelstand. The crew hundreds of spectacular wheelstands, had a little fun with the unusual ride, some of which resulted in a dreaded mounting a wheel atop the roll cage blowover. The following are some of the before the next event. most remembered and spectacular wheelstands from the past. ND This wheelstand during the Funny Car final at the 1974 Englishtown event was the one that prompted reader Joe Seeslak to write in. After leaving evenly with Al Segrini, “Jungle Jim” Liberman’s car began hiking the front wheels. Liberman carried the front wheels a fair distance (the length of which has been the subject of much debate over Herb McCandless’ Dodge pulled up the front wheels in a semifinal match with Bill the years) before safely Danny Geisler’s qualifying attempt at the 1975 season “Grumpy” Jenkins at the 1972 Englishtown event after McCandless’ wheelie bars broke setting the car back down and opener was far from what he wanted or expected when and had to be removed. Showing great driving skills, McCandless brought his airborne wheeling it to a 7.14. Segrini his rear-engine Funny Car did a wheelstand, lost the Demon down at the eighth-mile mark without even scratching the oil pan. won the race with a 6.83. body, and ultimately turned over on the track. What started as an ordinary Top Fuel final with one car smoking the tires
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