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with the engine going out the side it was either the clutch or transmission that blew.
Michael Waltrip said it perfectly after something went wrong with his car. "Something broke and it must be important because the car does not go".
That fire cannot be good for the drag chute.
Nothing "fell off". Once the chute is released the engine is no longer needed and is discarded thus saving weight and less stress on the vehicle. What fire??