Cook's weekend cooked by faulty chute
By Rob Geiger, NHRA Online
It was a short weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Comp eliminator favorite David Cook Jr. who ran off the end of the track Thursday during qualifying and destroyed his A/Dragster.
The former U.S. Nationals winner suffered a bruised shoulder caused by the abrupt stop when his car went into the safety net. He was examined by track safety officials and released.
Cook drove through a normal lap, crossing the stripe at 200.23 mph, when he deployed his parachute to slow down. Unfortunately, the chute fell out of its pouch but did not blossom. Cook then applied the brakes but the left rear caliper broke and he was forced to drive into the safety net. The impact caused the frame to bend, ending his weekend.
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