Usually, when a car makes high-speed contact with the guardrail at the track the outcome is a free ride on the wrong end of a rollback. Harlingen, Texas native Benito Garcia made an unscheduled left turn at Edinburg Raceway that led to some contact with the guardrail, but, refusing to admit defeat, fired his Nova back up and drove it off the track surface.
Garcia and his nitrous-huffing third generation Nova known as “Sniper” were making some laps at during a No Time event when things went wrong in a hurry. In this race, Garcia lined up against another Nova known as “Gold Rush”, and looked to be ready for a good heads-up pass. When the tree dropped Garcia was just a little bit late, but that tardiness could have been what kept this accident from being much worse.
As Garcia rocketed down the track his Nova made a slight move to the left that he had to compensate for, and that’s when it went downhill. The car made a big move to the right and shot across the track towards the guard rail right behind the car in the other lane. After Garcia struck the guardrail, his mount whipped around and came to a rest partially on top of the barrier.
The safety gear did its job and kept Garcia safe, and at the end of the video you see him driving his wounded car back to the pits. Word on the street is that the Sniper is already under the knife being repaired for more No Time racing action, so this little snafu won’t keep him down long.
Check out this footage from the National No Prep Racing Association to see Garcia’s wild ride and long drive-of-shame back to the pits.