Richard Rawlings – the charismatic entrepreneur who heads up Gas Monkey Garage in Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud – wiped out in a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat while drag racing over the weekend. The television personality took part in Detroit’s annual Roadkill Nights drag racing extravaganza, racing on a closed-off Woodward Avenue against NHRA superstar Leah Pritchett, and ultimately, going out with a bang.
The YouTube video above from Boosted Scat Pack shows the incident. Following the chronology of events, Rawlings was first to perform a burnout to warm the rear tires, followed by Pritchett, whose burnout was undeniably more impressive. Perhaps out of pride, Rawlings then did a second, much longer burnout, and even appeared to keep the wheels spinning as both cars were staged and ready to launch. As soon as the race got underway, Pritchett modulated the throttle to keep her wheelspin in check, while Rawlings… didn’t.
The resulting cloud of tire smoke was certainly impressive, and Rawlings managed to keep his Hellcat pointed in the right direction for a time, even though he seemed determined to make his pass one long, continuous burnout. Eventually, however, the TV personality lost control and hit the concrete barrier on the outside of the strip.
Richard Rawlings, of course, joins countless dozens of car-loving showboats across the US who have let hubris get the better of them and put their cars into walls, other vehicles, and in some cases, crowds of people. Usually, though, they’re driving Mustangs.
(Source: The Drive)