Foley a little too spectacular in return to Top Fuel action ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20) -- New Jersey resident Doug Foley thrilled a hometown crowd Friday night with a top-qualifying effort of 4.532 at 327.43 mph that established both his ...
Foley a little too spectacular in return to Top Fuel action
ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (June 20) -- New Jersey resident Doug Foley thrilled a hometown crowd Friday night with a top-qualifying effort of 4.532 at 327.43 mph that established both his career-best elapsed time and top speed. Unfortunately, his run down Old Bridge Township Raceway Park was a little too spectacular for the drag racing school instructor as his parachutes failed to deploy and he ended up in the top-end sand-trap with a bent racecar.
"We got to experience the exceptional highs and lows of this sport in one run," said Foley, who was uninjured in the incident. "I knew it was a great pass and everything was routine until I threw the (parachute) levers and didn't feel them open. I reached for the levers a second time and then I realized I was running out of real estate so I got on the brakes as hard as I could.
"I went into the sand hard. I would estimate I was going 150 mph at least. The car went all the way through to the back of the sand and I got into the catch-net. That's probably what bent the car because it yanked me sideways a little bit. We're still examining the chassis to see the extent of the damage so we'll have to see what's next."
The good news for Foley is that he's a lofty third on the qualifying ladder. He also is less than an hour away from his race shop in Sewell, N.J., so replacement parts are close at hand.
"We will definitely continue to race," Foley said. "We'll be ready for Sunday no matter what. The question is how much we'll get done tonight and tomorrow morning and whether we'll be able to run the final two qualifying sessions. I'd really like to make a pass before eliminations but we'll have to see how it all comes together."