Two weeks ago, photographer Mark J. Rebilas set up to shoot drag races in Bristol, Tenn. What he got was a front-row seat to a fiery crash that nearly took out both cars. Here is his stunning gallery.
The crash came during a Pro Modified run of the NHRA Thunder Valley Nationals between driver Roger Burgess in his 1967 Firebird and Kenny Ross. Burgess crossed the finish line traveling 221 mph when he lost control and veered across the track, barely clipping Ross' parachute before smashing into the retaining wall in a ball of flame.
Burgess' only injury was a bruised heel. Check out the rest of Rebilas' impressive photos from the race, and a video of the crash in jarringly quick real time.