Gas Monkey Garage’s Richard Rawlings Just Crashed a Hellcat While Drag Racing at Woodward

The popular car-show TV host was racing NHRA superstar Leah Pritchett.

byJerry Perez| UPDATED Aug 13, 2018 12:49 PM
Gas Monkey Garage’s Richard Rawlings Just Crashed a Hellcat While Drag Racing at Woodward
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Richard Rawlings, the star TV host of several car-related TV shows on the Discovery Network, crashed while drag racing in the Roadkill Nights celebrity showdown on the famous Woodward Avenue in Pontiac, Michigan.

Rawlings was racing against NHRA superstar Leah Pritchett at the wheel of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat when he appeared to spin the tires just a little too long and lost control of the rear end. Rawlings attempted to catch the rear but his slight flick of the steering wheel only sent him straight into the drivers' side concrete barrier. Despite not carrying much speed thanks to a long burnout he did at the start, it’s estimated that he was doing about 60-70 miles per hour when the accident happened. I personally witnessed the crash from the Dodge SRT hospitality trailer, and while it wasn't life-threatening, it's enough to scare the bejesus out of anyone who's not used to crashing into walls at speed.

The aftermath of Rawlings crash., DrivesWGirls
Dodge Challenger Hellcat, DrivesWGirls

Needless to say, the crowd had a good laugh at Rawlings expense.

"You showboated all the way into the wall!" a fan yelled at Rawlings as his Hellcat slowly rolled to the finish line. "That sucks big time," he added.

Pritchett, who races for the NHRA championship-winning Don Schumacher Racing team, went on to win the race and moved on to the next round. However, it was former WWE professional wrestler Bill Goldberg who crushed the competition (quite literally) to earn the title of fastest celebrity racer on Woodward Avenue.