Search for in
Sat, 6 Sep 2003, 07:25 PM

Chris Vandergriff Involved in Top Fuel Qualifying Crash
Courtesy of Bobby Bennett Jr., Harley Communications

Transported to Hospital for Evaluation

CLERMONT, Ind. -- Chris Vandergriff's NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals Top Fuel debut ended prematurely when he crashed the dragster at Indianapolis Raceway Park. The first-year driver from Marietta, Ga., was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for evaluation. Team officials had speculated that Vandergriff may have suffered a concussion in the mishap but tests returned negative.

The accident transpired during the fourth qualifying session. Vandergriff launched hard but 300-feet into the pass the front-end began to lift. Despite getting out of the throttle, Vandergriff's entry continued to pull upward until it went over backwards. The car then made hard contact with the wall and a flash fire ensued but quickly extinguished itself.

Vandergriff never left consciousness following his extraction from the car and the subsequent trip to the hospital.

Older brother Bob Vandergriff Jr., also a licensed driver on the NHRA POWERade tour, conveyed that Chris appears to be fine although he may feels the after effects of the crash in the morning.

"He took a pretty hard hit to the head," explained Vandergriff. "The blowover was relatively soft but the hit to the wall was a hard one. He's gonna be sore tomorrow, that's for sure. The good thing is that he will be okay."

Vandergriff made his Top Fuel debut earlier this year at the NHRA Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga., and qualified 14th in the tough 16-car field. This was his second of three planned outings for 2003.

The team has not released an official statement detailing their future plans.

NHRA: 10 Most Recent Entries [ top ]

Oct 09- READING -- Through the Lens of Gary Nastase
Oct 08- DALLAS - "Big Daddy" Don Garlits to be Special Guest and Grand Marshall
Oct 08- DALLAS - No Matter How You Phrase It, Drag Racing Is Extreme
Oct 07- LAS VEGAS 2 - Event Preview
Oct 07- NHRA Nitro Spring Training Coming to Phoenix in 2016
Oct 07- DALLAS - J.R. Todd Takes on Determined Mindset for Championship Run Heading
Oct 06- READING - NHRA Keystone Nationals Special Awards
Oct 05- READING - Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Wrap Up
Oct 05- READING - Summary of Eliminations in Competition Eliminator
Oct 05- READING - Summary of Eliminations in Super Stock

Copyright ©2015 AUTOSALES INC, dba Summit Racing Equipment
Ready to take your order at 1-800-230-3030 | Customer Service 1-800-517-1035