Not even Acme rocket-powered roller-skates could have saved this coyote. On June 5 Scene Daily reported that Joe Gibbs Racing driver Brad Coleman hit a coyote while driving 190 mph during testing at the Toyota Arizona Proving Grounds. Coleman saw the coyote from about 100 feet away. There was no time to react. This is how he described the carnage: “It just started smoking like crazy. And it smelled terrible. I didn’t see anything in the mirror, so I was like, ‘I wonder where it went?’"

If you want to see where it went, check out the (warning: graphic!) photos below.

The next two pics would explain the terrible smell.

Some Web site commenters claim these photos are real. Others say they are fake. What do you think?

*** UPDATE: Chris Helein, the communications director for Joe Gibbs Racing, e-mailed me to say, "I’m told it did happen unfortunately for the Coyote – so I assume they are real. I don’t know where the photos came from however – but they seem to have been making their rounds through email and the Internet this week."

Brad Coleman has unusual testing experience (Scene Daily)