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Old 07-19-2010
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I've watched the replay multiple times, frame by frame. It didn't appear he lifted and he was past the finish line when it exploded.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwSUCVuukqU

I saw the same thing as you.
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The car was absolutely under power. Watch the SloMo. Immediately before the explosion you can tell the engine's not totally happy. Full flames were evident when it went off, and if you look quick, you can see the illumination from the explosion briefly showing the throttle blades wide open. Fortunately he was most likely in the process of shutting down when it blew up, arresting fuel flow and preventing a great big fire.

In this case 1320' wouldn't have hurt and 1000' didn't help. Gary had two good chutes and got the car stopped just fine. Fuel motors dropping valves is not uncommon, and they can do so warming up in the pits, at the hit or anywhere down the track.
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pitmonster, any comment from the common people?
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I sure am glad that running to 1000' saves on engine parts....oops, it doesn't seem that way.
I guarantee you Gary's Tune-up is much easier on Parts than most out there. You can de-tune a motor all you want, parts will fail sooner or later!
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I agree completely with you, if Gary blows one up it is due to a parts failure not Gary's tune-up, Gary is one of the smartest racer out there. He knows his program.
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... you can see the illumination from the explosion briefly showing the throttle blades wide open...
Yes but,
When the blower lifts up on the straps it can open the blades depending on how the throttle cable is anchored...
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Yes but,
When the blower lifts up on the straps it can open the blades depending on how the throttle cable is anchored...
I'll concur with that.

I would imagine that with everything going on, Gary only remembers going through his shutoff procedure, a tremendous concussion and literally seeing stars - simultaneously. Slow motion photography slows those fractions of a second down to where we can see the exact order of progression. It is interesting - and a bit frightening at the same time.

Densham's a wise, experienced and tough driver. I'm not surprised he walked away and managed to maintain a good attitude throughout.
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pitmonster, any comment from the common people?
Like any GOOD crew member I will listen to the driver.
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just a short comment on mr. densham... he just seems like the most down to earth, normal, together, decent, intelligent, guy... a true racer, without the huge ego that seems to go with the so many of the big time racers... it's such a pleasure to hear him talk, the kind of guy that, well, i can only refer to him as mr. densham, a true gentleman...
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Gary is the kind of guy you hope will get the big sponsor. He has always been a threat whenever he races regardless of his funding level. It would be nice to see him at more races than the few he is able to afford right now.
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