Top Fuel dragster motor explodes at Texas, gives fans one heck of a light show

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One of the best parts of NHRA drag racing is when competition is held at night. The usual resulting light show is oftentimes better than any fireworks display you’ll see.

Such was the case Friday night during the first day of qualifying for this weekend’s AAA NHRA FallNationals at Texas Motorplex just south of Dallas.

Top Fuel driver Scott Palmer put on one heck of a light show when the motor on his dragster exploded — or as some in the sport like to say, it “grenaded” in one heck of a blast.

Check out the full video above.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.