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Joe Angelo

Born: March 27, 1942
Died: May 12, 2005
Buried:
Age: 63

Full Name: Joseph R. Angelo
Nickname: "Super Wop"

Drag Strip: Texas Motorplex, Ennis, Texas
Event: Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Accident Date: April 30, 2005
Car: Chev-powered B/econo dragster
Biographical: He crashed his dragster while making a qualifying run. He was transported to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas in critical condition and died twelve days later from multiple injuries. He lived in Zimmerman, Minnesota, and was survived by his wife, Rosie, two sons, and two daughters. He was an active NHRA drag racer for more than twenty years. He was a retired school teacher.
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Motorsport.com website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=4928)
"Joe Angelo dies following crash," Star News, May 17, 2005 (http://erstarnews.com/2005/may/17Angelo.html)
Super Stock Forum (http://www.superstockforum.com/showthread.php?threadid=8132
 

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Ed Conrad
Born: November 29, 1944
Died: September 6, 2007
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Age: 62
Full Name: Edward J. Conrad
Nickname: "Corvette Ed"

Drag Strip: Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California
Event: NHRA bracket race
Accident Date: September 6, 2007
Car: 1983 Ford Mustang
Biographical: A resident of Gardena, California, he suffered an apparent heart attack while staging his car prior to making a run. The car roared down the race track in first gear, but nosed in to the K-rail near the end of the 1/8th mile track with its tires still spinning and engine screaming. Track officials broke his window and pulled him from the car, removed his helmet, and administered CPR. He was taken to Methodist Hospital in Arcadia where he was pronounced dead. He was survived by two sisters, three children, and five grandchildren. He worked at Big George's "Hot Rods and Harleys." He was one of the original members of the International Brotherhood of Street Racers and had been devoted to trying to save Brotherhood Raceway in the Los Angeles Harbor area.
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Motorsport.com website (http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=268452&FS=OBITUARIES)
The Car Nut website (http://thecarnut.typepad.com/hall_of_fame/2007/12/ed-conrad-longt.html)
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StevesNovaSite.com website (http://www.stevesnovasite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=73025)
 

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Jim Cunningham

Born: March 30, 1944
Died: November 16, 2009
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Age: 65

Full Name: James D. Cunningham
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Drag Strip: Ozark Raceway Park, Rogersville, Missouri
Event: test-and-tune
Accident Date: November 7, 2009

Car: snowmobile
Biographical: He lost his helmet and crashed into a guard rail while driving a snowmobile. He was flown to Cox Hospital in Springfield, Missouri. He was from Gassville, Arkansas.

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"Man flown to Springfield after snowmobile crash," Springfield News Leader, Nov. 8, 2009
http://www.tributes.com/show/James-Cunningham-87271757 (accessed 9/30/10)
http://ozarksfirst.com/search-fulltext?nxd_id=203641 (accessed 9/30/10)
http://www.ozarkracewaypark.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2016&start=0 (accessed 9/30/10)
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Larry Eaton
Born: November 4, 1950
Died: July 12, 2008
Buried: Fort Custer National Cemetery, Augusta, Michigan
Age: 57
Full Name: Larry Allan Eaton
Nickname:
Drag Strip: Thunderbird Raceway, Dalton Twp., Michigan
Event:
Accident Date: May 28, 2008

Car: altered car
Biographical: Engine malfunction caused him to lose control and the car flipped several times. He was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He passed away six weeks after the accident. He lived in Fruitland Township, Michigan. After the accident, other racers questioned whether the condition of the track might have played a part. Officials at the race track admitted that the track was bumpy and sometimes sandy. Operation of the drag strip was suspended because of his death.

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"Drivers question safety of Thunderbird Racepark," Muskegon Chronicle, May 30, 2008 (http://blog.mlive.com/chronicle/2008/05/drivers_question_safety_of_thu.html)
Thunderbird Dragway (http://waterwinterwonderland.com/drags.asp?id=1343&type=6)
Social Security Death Index (SS# issued in Michigan)
Cheryl Eaton, telephone conversation, February 20, 2010
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David Edgar

Born: February 8, 1949
Died: March 24, 2008
Buried: cremated
Age: 59
Full Name: David Charles Edgar
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Drag Strip: Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, California
Event:
Accident Date: March 15, 2008
Car: Jeep
Biographical: During a sanctioned drag race, he was going about 120 MPH when he made an abrupt turn to the side and crashed head-on into the retaining wall. It was thought that his brake line popped and prevented him from slowing the vehicle. He built the car with his brother, Pat. He lived in Modjeska Canyon, California, and operated an equestrian center.

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"Canyon resident dies after raceway accident," Orange County Register, Mar. 27, 2008
Social Security Death Index

Sally Barna, e-mail communication to site administrator, Dec. 4, 2010
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"Canyon resident dies after raceway accident," Orange County Register, Mar. 27, 2008
 

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David Edgar

Born: February 8, 1949
Died: March 24, 2008
Buried: cremated
Age: 59
Full Name: David Charles Edgar
Nickname:
Drag Strip: Auto Club Dragway, Fontana, California
Event:
Accident Date: March 15, 2008
Car: Jeep
Biographical: During a sanctioned drag race, he was going about 120 MPH when he made an abrupt turn to the side and crashed head-on into the retaining wall. It was thought that his brake line popped and prevented him from slowing the vehicle. He built the car with his brother, Pat. He lived in Modjeska Canyon, California, and operated an equestrian center.

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"Canyon resident dies after raceway accident," Orange County Register, Mar. 27, 2008
Social Security Death Index

Sally Barna, e-mail communication to site administrator, Dec. 4, 2010
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"Canyon resident dies after raceway accident," Orange County Register, Mar. 27, 2008



Steve Engel

Born: May 21, 1959
Died: September 14, 2008
Buried: New London Cemetery, Shandon, Ohio

Age: 49
Full Name: Steven J. Engel
Nickname:
Drag Strip: O'Reilly Raceway Park, Clermont, Indiana
Event: 54th Mac Tools NHRA U. S. Nationals
Accident Date: August 30, 2008

Car: Diamond Heavy Haul Pro Mod Corvette
Biographical: He had 21 years experience in drag racing and had competed in 31 JEGS ProMod Challenge events for several years. He won his first event at Bristol in 2008 and had two runner-up finishes. His car swerved wildly near the top end of the race track where he struck the retaining wall head-on. He was airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He died from complications of severe back injuries. A resident of Shandon, Ohio, he was survived by a wife and two sons. Officials with the JEGS ProMod Challenge created the Steve Engel "Big Man, Big Heart" Award to be given annually to the ProMod racer who most exemplifies Engel's gregarious spirit and generous nature. The award will be accompanied with a $10,000 cash prize that the recipient may donate to the charity of his choice.
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The Car Nut website (http://thecarnut.typepad.com/steve_parker_the_car_nut_/hall_of_fame/)
Motorsport.com website (http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=307858&FS=OBITUARIES)
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Vernon Lee Goins
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Died: October 9, 2005
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Age: 52
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Drag Strip: Clarendon County Dragstrip, near Silver, South Carolina
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Accident Date: October 9, 2005
Car:
Biographical: He died after his car went through a guard rail and flipped at the unsanctioned 1/8th-mile track. He was transported to Clarendon Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He lived in Coward, South Carolina, and owned a garage in Florence County. A policeman deemed the guard rails unsafe. Goins's death was the third at the race track since 2000.

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"Racing deaths persist at small tracks in U.S.," Charlotte Observer, May 26, 2006
"Clarendon man dies on drag racing track," Beaufort Gazette, Oct. 12, 2005

"Man killed in crash on drag racing track," Associated Press State and Local Wire, October 11, 2005
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Svein Gottenberg
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Died: January 9, 2006

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Age: 45
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Drag Strip: Mosten Raceway, Denmark

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Accident Date: January 9, 2006
Car: Top Fuel Harley Davidson motorcycle

Biographical: The well-liked Norwegian was due to run in the European Finals at Santa Pod Raceway, but died a week before they were to be held. At the 1/8th mile Mosten strip he went off the end of the track. The bike flipped and landed on him, resulting in fatal injuries. He was one of the driving forces in nitro-twin racing in Norway.

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Mick Lewin, e-mail communication to site administrator, May 4, 2011
http://www.motorcyclekb.com/Uwe/Forum.aspx/harley/78671/Svein-Gottenberg-Good-friend-and-dragracer (accessed May 7, 2011
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http://www.yellowbullet.com/forum/showthread.php?p=3674308 (accessed May 7, 2011)
 

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Chris Gould
Born: December 27, 1954

Died: November 25, 2007
Buried: Growstown Cemetery, Brunswick, Maine

Age: 52

Full Name: Christopher Joseph Gould
Nickname:
Drag Strip: Moroso Motorsports Park, Jupiter, Florida
Event: Citrus Nationals
Accident Date: November 25, 2007
Car: "Firepower" 2006 Ford Mustang jet funny car
Biographical: After being clocked at 268 MPH, he veered suddenly to the right crossing both lanes and flipping end over end before finally coming to a stop in the grass. He was thrown from the car. He was racing against Ken Marley's "Rocky Mountain Thunder" jet car. His primary and secondary parachutes failed, causing him to lose control. The engine was a General Electric J-85-17 jet engine. He lived in Bowdoin, Maine, where he operated an import-export business and was survived by his son and partner.
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"Day after drag racer dies in Jupiter, hot rod circuit balances safety and speed," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, November 27, 2007
"Jet dragster driver killed," CompetitionPlus Magazine (http://www.competitionplus.com/index.php/drag-racing/news/4704-jet-dragster-driver-killed)
"Parachute fails on race car, driver dies during crash at Jupiter track," South Florida Sun-Sentinel, November 26, 2007
"Man killed in drag racing crash," WTSP.com (http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=68473)
"Dragracer made mark in North Bay," North Bay Nugget, November 28, 2007
DragList.com
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=7130)
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"Man killed in drag racing crash," FirstCoastNews.com, November 26, 2007
Find a Grave website (photo courtesy of Brett Strout)



 

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Ben Greyling
Born: April 18, 1950

Died: December 27, 2008
Buried: Cape Town, South Africa

Age: 58
Full Name: Barend Christiaan Greyling

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Drag Strip: Killarney Race Track, Tableview, near Cape Town, South Africa
Event: Fast, Furious and the Glorious Car Show and Family Fest
Accident Date: December 27, 2008
Car: Ford Fiesta
Biographical: It is suspected that he lost control of his car as a result of some mechanical failure. His car slammed into a barrier, catapulted over it, flipped, and rolled a few times. He died after sustaining severe injuries to his head and neck. On the fatal run, he broke his own speed record and was clocked under ten seconds at the track. He was traveling at a speed of about 125 MPH at the time of impact. He was from Cape Town, South Africa, and was survived by five children and six grandchildren.
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"Driver dies trying to set drag record," Independent Online, December 28, 2008
Marianne Hulbert, e-mail communication to site administrator, August 29, 2010

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http://www.fordstownerssa.co.za/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=22936 (accessed 12/19/10)
 

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Kendall Hebert
Born: May 1, 1989
Died: October 1, 2006

Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada

Age: 17

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Drag Strip: Toronto Motorsports Park, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada

Event: exhibition run

Accident Date: October 1, 2006
Car: "Firestorm" jet dragster

Biographical: She was making an exhibition run when, at the end of the quarter mile, her car suddenly swerved, slammed into a concrete barrier, bounced over the wall, and rolled several times. She was ejected from the vehicle. She died at West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada. She lived in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.

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"Drag racer killed in crash," Stratford Beacon Herald, October 2, 2006
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=5364)
"World's fastest female dies in dragster accident," CanWest News Service, October 3, 2006 (http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=f2be1c66-24eb-44be-82d5-2a1687dfdf7b)
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"World's fastest female dies in dragster accident," CanWest News Service, October 3, 2006 (http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=f2be1c66-24eb-44be-82d5-2a1687dfdf7b)


 

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Kendall Hebert
Born: May 1, 1989
Died: October 1, 2006

Buried: Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Oldcastle, Ontario, Canada

Age: 17

Full Name:
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Drag Strip: Toronto Motorsports Park, Cayuga, Ontario, Canada

Event: exhibition run

Accident Date: October 1, 2006
Car: "Firestorm" jet dragster

Biographical: She was making an exhibition run when, at the end of the quarter mile, her car suddenly swerved, slammed into a concrete barrier, bounced over the wall, and rolled several times. She was ejected from the vehicle. She died at West Haldimand Hospital in Hagersville, Ontario, Canada. She lived in Tecumseh, Ontario, Canada.


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"Drag racer killed in crash," Stratford Beacon Herald, October 2, 2006
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=5364)
"World's fastest female dies in dragster accident," CanWest News Service, October 3, 2006 (http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=f2be1c66-24eb-44be-82d5-2a1687dfdf7b)
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"World's fastest female dies in dragster accident," CanWest News Service, October 3, 2006 (http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/story.html?id=f2be1c66-24eb-44be-82d5-2a1687dfdf7b)



so very young didnt even get to live her life
 

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Todd Hilligoss
Born: December 11, 1964
Died: October 19, 2008
Buried: cremated, ashes at East Maplewood Cemetery, Anderson, Indiana
Age: 43

Full Name: Todd Allen Hilligoss
Nickname:
Drag Strip: Osceola Dragway, Indiana
Event:
Accident Date: October 19, 2008

Car: motorcycle
Biographical: Soon after the start, he lost control of his motorcycle and slammed into a guardrail at a speed of about 50 MPH. He suffered serious head and upper body injuries and died at the scene. It was his first experience racing on a drag strip. He lived in Elkhart, Indiana, and was survived by his wife, father, and sister. By profession, he was a forklift operator.

Sources "Friends remember man killed in Osceola Dragway accident," WSBT.com (http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/31294274.html)
"Friends, witness respond to deadly motorcycle drag racing crash," WNDU.com (http://www.wndu.com/localnews/headlines/31255669.html)
"Obituary," Elkhart Truth, October 22, 2008 (http://www.etruth.com/Know/News/Story.aspx?id=464921)
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"Friends remember man killed in Osceola Dragway accident," WSBT.com (http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/31294274.html)
 

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Shelly Howard
Born: November 4, 1945
Died: April 2, 2005
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Age: 59
Full Name: Michelle Howard
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Drag Strip: Tulsa Raceway Park, Oklahoma
Event: testing accident
Accident Date: April 2, 2005
Car: A/FD
Biographical: Her car went airborne near the finish line and spun 180 degrees in the midair. Upon landing, the car accelerated and headed back toward the starting line. Witnesses speculated that she was knocked out when her car landed. The race car collided with the team's tow vehicle, killing her son and crew member, 36-year-old Brian Howard. Shelly, a veteran driver and registered nurse who lived in Tulsa, had just received the new A/FD. She had competed successfully for several years in T/AD. She was survived by her husband and two daughters.
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"Dragster testing mishap kills racer Howard, son," Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 5, 2005
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=3082)
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Competition Plus: Drag Racing's Internet Magazine (http://www.competitionplus.com/2005_03_05/shelly.html)

 

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Shelly Howard
Born: November 4, 1945
Died: April 2, 2005
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Age: 59
Full Name: Michelle Howard
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Drag Strip: Tulsa Raceway Park, Oklahoma
Event: testing accident
Accident Date: April 2, 2005
Car: A/FD
Biographical: Her car went airborne near the finish line and spun 180 degrees in the midair. Upon landing, the car accelerated and headed back toward the starting line. Witnesses speculated that she was knocked out when her car landed. The race car collided with the team's tow vehicle, killing her son and crew member, 36-year-old Brian Howard. Shelly, a veteran driver and registered nurse who lived in Tulsa, had just received the new A/FD. She had competed successfully for several years in T/AD. She was survived by her husband and two daughters.

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"Dragster testing mishap kills racer Howard, son," Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 5, 2005
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=3082)
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Competition Plus: Drag Racing's Internet Magazine (http://www.competitionplus.com/2005_03_05/shelly.html)


if you know the whole story and details, very hard to read and remember still RIP
 

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Danny Jenkins
Born: November 16, 1952
Died: September 19, 2008
Buried: Bells Campground Cemetery, Knoxville, Tennessee
Age: 55
Full Name: Danny Esco Jenkins
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Drag Strip: Knoxville Dragway, Maynardville, Tennessee
Event:
Accident Date: September 19, 2008

Car: Suzuki motorcycle
Biographical: During a time trial run, he veered to the left just after leaving the starting line. When he crashed into the guard rail, he was pinned between his bike and the rail. He had been drag racing for about fifteen years. His helmet came off during the crash and he succumbed from severe chest and head trauma. Efforts to revive him with CPR were unsuccessful. He was single, worked as a mechanic, and lived in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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"Knoxville man killed in drag racing crash," WBIR.com (http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=64148&provider=rss)
"Professional motorcycle racer killed Friday at Knoxville Dragway," WVLT-TV.com, September 20, 2008 (http://www.volunteertv.com/union/headlines/28704059.html)
James Jenkins, telephone conversation, February 20, 2010

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Scott Kalitta
Born: February 18, 1962
Died: June 21, 2008

Buried: cremated

Age: 46
Full Name: Scott Douglas Kalitta
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Drag Strip: Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, Englishtown, New Jersey
Event: Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals
Accident Date: June 21, 2008
Car: Toyota Solara FC
Biographical: While making a qualifying run at a speed of about 300 MPH his engine suddenly exploded. His car was engulfed in flames and the parachutes were burned. The car continued down the drag strip until it crashed into the barriers at the end of the sand trap. After extinguishing the fire, safety officials extracted him from the car. He was transported to Raritan Bay Medical Center where he subsequently died. He lived in Palmetto, Florida, and was survived by his wife, two sons, and his drag racing father, Connie Kalitta. He began drag racing in the early 1980s and was successful in both Top Fuel and Funny Car. He was the NHRA national champion in Top Fuel in 1994 and 1995.
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Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=7819)
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Competition Plus: Drag Racing's Internet Magazine (www.competitionplus.com/)
Drag Racing Online.com (www.dragracingonline.com/)
 

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Rockey Keyes
Born: October 1, 1956
Died: August 7, 2006

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Age: 49

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Drag Strip: Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, Texas
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Accident Date: August 7, 2006
Car: 1966 Ford Cobra Super Comp roadster
Biographical: At the finish line following a time trial run, witnesses saw a puff of smoke at the back of his car, then the car moved violently to the left on the driver's side and crashed into the retaining wall.

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Nitromater.com (http://www.nitromater.com/nhra/904-rockey-keyes-dies-houston-raceway-park.html)
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=6047)
CompetitionPlus.com (http://www.competitionplus.com/index.php/drag-racing/news/93-rockey-keyes-services-tonight)
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Nitromater.com (http://www.nitromater.com/nhra/904-rockey-keyes-dies-houston-raceway-park.html)
Rockey Keyes (http://darrenscustommotorsports.com/Rockey_Keyes.htm)

 

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Gene Kinman
Born: August 24, 1941
Died: August 20, 2006
Buried: New Warsaw Cemetery, Warsaw, Kentucky
Age: 64
Full Name: Gene Herman Kinman

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Drag Strip: Edgewater Sports Park, Cleves, Ohio
Event: 3rd annual Hot Rod Old Car Drags
Accident Date: August 20, 2006
Car: 1927 Ford Model A

Biographical: He lost control of the car after crossing the finish line. After hitting the wall, his body was partially ejected. The car rolled over on him causing severe head trauma. A resident of Carrollton, Kentucky, he was survived by his wife, Wilma, a daughter, and a son.
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QueenCityMotorsports.com (http://home.fuse.net/kewendel/QCM_DC_Gene_Kinman.html)
Motorsport Memorial website (http://www.motorsportmemorial.org/focus.php?db=ct&n=5209)
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