Blake Alexander was a two-time Top Fuel winner before buying (and partnering with Tim Wilkerson) Brian Stewart’s Funny Car team. At just 30 years old, he’s now a driver and team owner of Blake Alexander Racing. As an 11-year-old, he was drag racing in the Junior Dragster class and had sponsor support while still in college for the alcohol dragster class. So, his ambition to be a team owner at this age shouldn’t be surprising.
But that may also have meant double the bummer when his supercharger exploded during the round 1 finals against Shawn Langdon at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals on June 24. The close race ended with a flash of fire and the body of his car going airborne. He told nhra.com, “It had a couple of holes [cylinders] out, but it’s race day and I don’t want to lift. It just blew up. I’ve never been through one of those before. I’ve been on fire before, but that was a whole different experience.” But the show will go on: “I have three bodies and two cars. I’m going to have to spend some money on injectors and blocks and stuff like that to get back to where we need to be going to Sonoma, and we’ll probably sneak up on it. We had a really good car this weekend; we qualified fifth and ran 3.92. We’ve just got to get back to the shop and make some repairs.” He walked away harm-free even if the car didn’t.
As Blake explained to nhra.com back in March, “In every run down the track, something different happens in the car. As soon as you think you have the Funny Car figured out, it’ll do something different to get your attention. In the Top Fuel car, you really focus on smashing the gas and leaving, and then it goes straight down the track.” His next race is set to be at the NHRA Sonoma Nationals next month.
Check out video of the blower incident here. Stick with it for the close-up and slo-mo.
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