Amazing things happen in top fuel. Two examples, then you have to click the links for the rest:
Spark plug electrodes are totally consumed during a pass. After 1/2 way, the engine is dieseling from compression-plus the glow of exhaust valves at 1400 degrees F. The engine can only be shut down by cutting off its fuel flow.
To exceed 300mph in 4.5 seconds dragsters must accelerate at an average of over 4G’s. But in reaching 200 mph well before 1/2 track, launch acceleration is closer to 8G’s.
For those who can’t read but will watch a video: your tax dollars hard at work! (hint: the Army is a taxpayer-funded enterprise)