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Fans manage to escape major injuries as car body flies into stands

Two people were briefly hospitalized after the body blew off a Funny Car at an NHRA race, landing in spectator areas in front of the grandstands.

As the only American automaker not recently put through a government-sponsored bankruptcy, it comes as little surprise that Ford has taken over the spot long held by General Motors as the Official Sponsor of the NHRA. The first sign of dissension in the ranks came earlier this year as GM's bankruptcy filing ended the contracts the automaker had previously forged with Cagnazzi Racing, KB Racing LLC, Kurt Racing and Pedregon Racing to provide cash, parts and support vehicles.

It comes as little surprise that General Motors has canceled its contracts with the NHRA teams it had previously been boosting with money, support vehicles and free parts. "I knew it was coming, I was forewarned," Ken Black, NHRA Full Throttle Pro Stock team owner told CompetitionPlus.com. "That's why they filed bankruptcy ... to get rid of all of this stuff."