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Old 03-01-2010, 09:02 AM
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My Friends Mustang 220MPH wreck In Outlaw 10.5 "Joe Newsham"

I wasn't always sure where to put videos, or even if guys were interested in them. My good friend and partner in racing at the end of last year suffered one of the harriest crashes ever seen in outlaw 10.5 or "Street Cars On Steroids. Though not much of the cars are stock the rules do keep alot there in terms of length, seating and so on to meet the chassis certifications for the speeds and ET's involved.

Joe Newsham was coming off a series of championships in these venues when we thought Joe was invincible this happened at the 7th annual Shakedown at e town. His first qualifying pass took the turn for the worst. The run was not unlike many of Joe's as he states it is the way the car is able to put down the power from a twin turbo 648 Big Chief Chevy hanging the tires out for more than he'd like but the champ always managed to keep her straight. Joe was hurt in th accident with head, back and feet injuries but has fully recuperrated. As a good friend of his, I was stunned watching the pass and put down my camera as my final shot I saw the car going over and had to turn away and later watched the video.

Joe's Mustang is a total yet he was most comfortable inside while all this went on as he saw the crews from raceway park coming to his rescue while he was upside down. Joe is now working on finishing another car but it isn't a Mustang.

Scary video but shows how well these are built for this and the safety involved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29h_vqJa6B0

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Old 03-01-2010, 09:40 AM
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Been seeing alot of this same type crash in P/S, too.

That it was pulling the wheels way out in 3'rd (4th?) gear if they run 5 speed trannys like P/S, says something good about the enormous power the engine is making. Too bad the chassis set-up wasn't ready for it, or the engine management brought in too much- whatever.

Glad your buddy wasn't hurt

I'm starting to wonder if there's something going on w/the air pressure off of the wall. Whenever the cars get out of the groove, they also start to lose traction. This combined w/the 'push' from the wall, and around they go...
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You mentioned that your buddy was upside down and yet it looked like the car rolled back into the guard rail on the right side and came to a stop - - - I'm confused but I'm old too so that may be the problem - - LOL
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You hit on a few things there Cobalt, The push is there when the car gets close to the wall, Joe has told me this. Although I'd like to say it was easy as that it was more the control arm cracked and the wheel cambered in. Joe maintains his car exceptionally well and couldn't have forseen this using he best components IMO. The car runs a rossler T400 non lockup bolt together pro mod converter and the chassis is over 5 years old almost always running the track like this and there was quite a bit of ballast in the front during this run. Pro Stocks are more at a dissadvantage since they are easily 500lbs lighter and I still feel the belly pans are not yet fully figured out.

Many have said it's the speeds and the tire sizes making it dangerous wanting to do all this now in 1/8th mile format like down south, as a matter of fact, the local track series here in the tri state area have now announced all going 1/8th mile for the Outlaw 10.5 cars yet I've seen just as many accidents since the drivers just don't want to get out of the throttle needing only half the track. I think the record right now for 1/8th top MPH is 214 on a 10.5 tire
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Old 03-01-2010, 10:11 AM
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You mentioned that your buddy was upside down and yet it looked like the car rolled back into the guard rail on the right side and came to a stop - - - I'm confused but I'm old too so that may be the problem - - LOL
The car actually was fully upside down when it hit the wall, it's hard to see from the video how fast this happened. A photographer was at the top end in the tower or lounge area, he sent me the images and he removed them since he felt it was distatsefull since Joe was hurt.
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I think the record right now for 1/8th top MPH is 214 on a 10.5 tire
That's stout!!

And even more impressive (his wheels-up run) given the TH400 and converter.

The control arm wouldn't usually be considered a super high stressed component. But if the wheels up deal is routine for him, the whole car- and especially the front steering and suspension- is taking a beating!

Do you drive?
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My God Man , I am glad he walked away from that. Looks like the juice was working just fine.


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That's stout!!

And even more impressive (his wheels-up run) given the TH400 and converter.

The control arm wouldn't usually be considered a super high stressed component. But if the wheels up deal is routine for him, the whole car- and especially the front steering and suspension- is taking a beating!

Do you drive?
Luckily, nothing that quick, lol. Joe and I have been partners in many things from his car to our racing website that is now defunct, he more or less gave us the biggest boost for heads up drag racing information by combining us as a sponsor in many of the series for our coverage, I was used to writing over 53 reviews a year and nore than 18,000 images also a year.

Joe has been the driving force in the Northeast Heads up Outlaw stuf and he took it to ORSCA and brought home the biggest championship from the south.

Joes first start with the Mustang, it had a small block in it, moving to a 540 with small heads and a cast intake and powergide. The rules changed to allow any cubuic inches and turbo size so he took advantage of it last year and built a new motor, still nothing exotic when others are running 700 cube hemis on alcohol in this cass or supercharged screw blowers, as in the quickest car right now Chuck Ulsch.

The chassis was state of the art at the time and kept him safe enough in this wreck, SFI never expected a 190lb man to be upside down at over 200 hanging by his belts, a roll cage bar tore open and allowed Joe to move inside the car was the main problem.
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The car actually was fully upside down when it hit the wall, it's hard to see from the video how fast this happened. A photographer was at the top end in the tower or lounge area, he sent me the images and he removed them since he felt it was distatsefull since Joe was hurt.
WOW, I couldn't tell on my screen - - - - man, is he ever lucky !

Well, lucky and prepared with the best cage and equipment for those situations !

Glad he's OK !

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Wow! What a runner! I watched many videos after the first one, that car hauls! Good luck to him in the future, the man can obviously build a serious racing machine!
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Another angle...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuYlZ...eature=related

Car was moving OUT.. Huge power. Glad Joe is OK.
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Old 03-02-2010, 11:18 AM
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Just a little bit of info from that vid, Joe didn't walk away, he had a severe sprained ankle and a couple of broken toes, we all know how bad that did hurt when we got our first time standing on a sprained ankle. Joe was taken to the hospital and stayed for a few days with compression fractures in his back, Some time off and he healed OK but in all cases he he wasn't as well as we would have liked.


These cars as in Joe's run well into the 3,000 to 3,100 lbs area with driver so they are heavy, normally the turbos will pick up more on the back half but even adding 40mph like Newshams usually does increases the mass and velocity. I am a firm believer in guardwalls now over rails.
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