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Body of Robert Hight’s Funny Car flies into stands

No fans sustained serious injuries when the body of Robert Hight's Funny Car flew into the grandstands at zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Saturday.

Hight was making a run during qualifying when the explosion from his engine catapulted the carbon fiber body of his Funny Car in the air. The car body twisted and turned in the wind before bouncing off a grandstand fence and then coming to rest perched atop another fence in front.

Two fans sustained minor scrapes.

Nitro dragster engine explosions can be quite powerful, so it's not uncommon to see the force of them propel the car bodies skyward in funny car. Matt Hagan's car body was obliterated when his engine exploded last year at Charlotte.

This isn't the first major auto race where car parts have made it into the grandstands. At least 28 fans were injured at Daytona International Speedway when Kyle Larson's car was launched into the catchfence in a final lap crash during the season-opening Nationwide Series race in February.

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