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09

Why I Don’t Drag Race Any Longer


Now you might say I no longer drag race because I live in Brooklyn and having a car is unnecessary but I say it’s because I didn’t want to die like this. I love drag racing. There were many times when I was at a red light, next to some tiny-d mid-life crisis Porsche-driver and my Corolla would straight up BURN them. They knew we were racing; I gave them the revving engine signal, they just couldn’t hang.

John Bartunek of East Pearl, NY had the fastest qualifying time of 6.123 but his ride ended in near-disaster when he had some tire-shaking that led to his ’68 Camaro flying into the air and ultimately coming to rest burning against the guard rail.

“It was a nice, clean run. It was pretty much business as usual,” Bartunkek said after he emerged unharmed from the car.

“Maybe one of our ‘chutes got under the wheelie bar.” After that, he said, it was “just smoke and fire. You just hang on and hope it stops soon,” Bartunek said, “But Jerry Haas builds an awesome car. We’ll be back.”

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Fast forward the video to the 1:57 mark for the good stuff.

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2 Responses to “Why I Don’t Drag Race Any Longer”


  1. 1 the sister
    November 12, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    “I love drag racing. There were many times when I was at a red light, next to some tiny-d mid-life crisis Porsche-driver and my Corolla would straight up BURN them.”

    well, that explains my totaled corolla . . . and dented jetta.

  2. December 10, 2009 at 1:05 am

    This was a very rare occasion for a car to leave the ground like this. The Shakedown at E Town is a once a year race where all of the competitiors like John Bartunek do their best and things happen. Bartunek was fine although a brand new car was damaged beyond most repair. Check out the source of the competition at http://www.shakedownatetown.com


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