David Barton escaped injury Saturday at Gainesville, Fla., in a frightening, wall-banging, first-round accident that almost collected opponent Chris Holbrook in Factory Stock Showdown eliminations.
It was the fourth major incident Saturday at the 50th NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway.
Barton’s new Chevrolet Copo Camaro lurched to the right and shot across the racetrack directly in front of Holbrook and his ’19 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. Somehow Holbrook managed to steer around the calamity unfolding in front of him, but Barton crashed hard into the right-lane guard wall.
Barton, of Reading, Pa., is the 2017 Gatornationals winner and 2017 series champion in the increasingly popular new class. He’s the son of prominent HEMI engine builder Ray Barton.
Holbrook, a Lavonia, Mich., resident, is the son of legendary Ford Super Stock racer Carl Holbrook, a/k/a “Captain Cobra Jet.”
Neither racer clocked a time in the pairing.
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