Drag Illustrated Issue 177, July / August 2022 | Page 130
PHOTOGRAPH BY CHRIS SEARS BRADENTON MOTORSPORTS PARK • BRADENTON , FLORIDA • SATURDAY , DECEMBER 4TH , 2021
TRIBUTE : CHRIS DARNELL
Chris Darnell blasts off the starting line in his triple-engine jet semi truck known as “ Shockwave ” during the 50th annual Snowbird Outlaw Nationals , sending flames flying out of the jet engines and the exhaust stacks . Darnell was killed in a tragic accident while making a pass at an airshow in Battle Creek , Michigan , on July 2 , 2022 . The 40-year-old driver was involved in motorsports for most of his life , most recently taking over the iconic “ Shockwave ” jet truck program . His father , Neal , had driven the “ Shockwave ” before its creator and original driver , the late Les Shockley , sold it to the family several years ago . The Springfield , Missouri , native is survived by his wife of 16 years , Brooke , daughters Reese and Taylor , and parents Neal and Marilyn .