Veteran Pro Stock driver Kenny Delco went for his second upside-down ride in as many seasons when he lost control of his KD Racing Chevrolet Camaro Sunday at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA Midwest Nationals at World Wide Technology Raceway.
Delco, from East Setauket, New York, was paired up with Greg Anderson in the opening round of eliminations — based on points following a washed-out day of qualifying — and was door-handle to door-handle with the former champ when his Camaro drifts toward the centerline and then hooked right, turning into the guardrail and onto its roof. The car briefly slid on its roof before tumbling back onto its wheels and rolling to a stop in the shutdown area.
“I have no idea [what happened]” said Delco after climbing from the car unharmed. “It was going perfectly straight and then it was sideways and that was it. Coking through the traps, I think it was in the center of the racetrack and all of a sudden it was sideways and flipping. The wind may have caught it…but all of a sudden, it got very loose.”
Last July, Delco, who has been racing Pro Stock off and on since 1985 and scored his lone professional victory at the 1990 Gatornationals, went for another wild ride at the NHRA Mile-High Nationals at Denver, Colorado.
Said Delco’s team in a statement Sunday evening: “Kenny walked away from that wild ride during E1 thanks to the safe and well built Jerry Haas racecar Thank you to the NHRA Safety Safari for their speedy response. Thank you everyone for your messages and kind words. KD looks forward to getting back in the car soon.”