Watch one of most ferocious NHRA Top Fuel explosions in decades — and Terry McMillan walks away

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If you attended this weekend’s NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway in Epping, New Hampshire, you can be forgiven if you thought it was 4th of July weekend.

There were plenty of fireworks, not just celebrating the winner’s of the race, but also two huge explosions that occurred during the course of the three-day event.

On Friday, Funny Car driver Courtney Force — daughter of 16-time NHRA Funny Car champion John Force and sister of Brittany Force (won Top Fuel Sunday) — walked away uninjured from a massive explosion — and still managed to qualify No. 1 on the same run!

In Sunday’s first round of eliminations, Top Fuel driver Terry McMillan had an equally tremendous motor explosion — some NHRA observers called it arguably the worst they’ve seen in the last two decades.

Like Courtney Force, McMillan was uninjured. But boy, what an explosion it was.

Check it out:

 

And for those of you that missed Courtney Force’s explosion on Friday, here it is again (thankfully, Force also walked away uninjured):

 

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Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”