Kris Thorne was the NHRA Pro Mod points leader heading into the NHRA Nevada Nationals this past Saturday. During the first round of eliminations, his car drifted toward the centerline before veering left and hitting the wall. The car flipped and landed on its roof, however, Thorne managed to escape the crash unharmed.
In 2022, Thorne was the NHRA Pro Mod champion. He was looking for a repeat championship this year before it all went wrong at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. As we see in this NHRA YouTube video, the defending champion was strapped into his ProCharger-powered Camaro as the car rocketed down the track. It began to veer toward the centerline when it suddenly snapped hard to the left and hit the wall head-on. The force of the crash tossed the car up into the air. The car came down on its roof and slid upside down across the finish line.
The medical crew quickly arrived on the scene. Thorne was able to exit the car under his own power and hopped over the wall, looking no worse for wear. He was examined onsite by the NHRA medical director, Dr. Phillip Surface. Incredibly, no injuries were reported.
Unfortunately for Thorne, the crash did dash his hopes of another championship. Fellow racer Mike Castellana was able to secure his first-ever NHRA Pro Mod championship. He clinched the win with a run of 5.693 seconds at 251.30 mph.
Thorne is no stranger to crashes at the drag strip, including a similar-looking incident back in 2020. We are sure he is disappointed to lose the championship this way, but given his history, we are equally as sure that this won’t keep him from competing again next year.
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