If you’ve ever been drag racing then you know that the potential for disaster can be quite high. Cars are tuned within an inch of their lives in order to get them down the 1,320. For some people drag racing is just a casual weekend hobby, but for others like Eric Peterson, it’s a way of life. Recently Peterson was running his classic 1,500 horsepower Firebird at a drag-way in Las Vegas, Nevada when a loss of control led to one of the most frightening crashes I’ve seen in some time. About 1/8th the way down the track the Firebird loses control and plows dead-on into the retaining wall knocking Peterson unconscious. In the same instance the throttle on the 1,500 hp monster gets stuck wide-open, leaving the car in a constant state of flux before emergency workers can get to it. For onlookers and fellow drivers alike a scenario like this reminds us that drag racing can be a deadly sport. Thankfully Eric Peterson survived the crash, but I have a feeling it will be quite some time before the effects of it will be forgotten.