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Video: Jim Read Racing has an explosion on the starting line

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We previously reported that Jim Read Racing had an issue on the starting line during the Nitro Champs at Sydney Dragway in Sydney, Australia. Thanks to a video by SpeedPhotography, we now know more.

As the team was preparing to make a pass, crew members were making last-minute changes to the engine. Moments later, there was an explosion.

Jim Read Racing Crew Members
Jim Read Racing Crew Members (Photo by Jim Read Racing/Facebook)

The fireball engulfed several crew members. One crew member even had a hat knocked off his head.

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Jim Read Racing said that five crew members were injured. However, four did not sustain serious injuries.

One crew member did suffer a significant injury.

“Thank you for your messages of concern for everyone that was around the race car on the starting line,” the team said in a statement. “Our crew has been checked by [the] medical staff. Four crew members have been released from [the] hospital and a fifth crew member needs further treatment on his hand and should make a full recovery.

“Thank you to everyone who helped us in this unforeseen situation. We sincerely appreciate it.”

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Top Fuel Australia said that IHRA Australia and Sydney Dragway are investigating the incident. We do not know how long it’ll take them to investigate what happened.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 11 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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