After three respectable warmup runs of 8.770. 148.29 mph, 7.814 166.79 mph and 7.469. 174.11. mph, "Big Daddy" Don Garlits' Swamp Rat 37 started to unravel, first with a fourth run of 10.552. 80.07 mph and a smoked set of brushes, replaced for the fifth attempt, which went like this:
That, friends, is what a "fireballed comm" looks like, caught in the wild (or at least some exploding brushes) ...and even in slow-motion sound we can make out the bystander's reaction.
(Hat tip to John Metric of NEDRA for the live Facebook feed coverage throughout the day!)