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Pruett OK after violent crash at 2020 NHRA Midwest Nationals

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Leah Pruett is OK. She was able to walk away from a scary crash.

During the second round of eliminations at the ninth annual NHRA Midwest Nationals presented by Pennzoil, her Mopar Top Fuel Dragster chassis broke in half at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway in Madison, Illinois. She was racing against Tony Schumacher when the crash happened.

Don Schumacher Racing Top Fuel Dragster Leah Pruett experiences a wild ride in a violent crash at the NHRA Midwest Nationals
Leah Pruett experiences a wild ride in a violent crash at the NHRA Midwest Nationals (Photo by the NHRA)

About halfway down the track, her Top Fuel Dragster bent in half. Then, the front part of the dragster broke off in mid-air.

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Once coming back to the ground, there was a violent landing. Eventually, Pruett was then able to get the capsule to a stop.

She was able to walk away from the dragster without medical attention. Pruett may be evaluated for a concussion due to the violent landing.

“2020 is a wild ride,” Pruett said on Facebook after the crash. “Thank you everyone for all your love and concern. I’m grateful to say that I’m safe and very much okay after that round two rodeo.”

This is the first-time since Larry Dixon had a violent incident that was eerily similar to Pruett’s crash that a Top Fuel Dragster has bent the way it did on Sunday. Dixon’s accident happened at the 2015 Gatornationals when he drove for Bob Vandergriff Racing.

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Don Schumacher Racing will have two weeks to make Pruett a new ride. The NHRA does not return until October 14th at the AAA Texas NHRA FallNationals at the Texas Motorplex in Ennis, Texas.

Top Fuel Dragsters are not expected to compete again until October 17th.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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