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Scott Kalitta dies during NHRA qualifying

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i was just able to see Scott compete at joliet 2 weeks ago. its just a reminder no matter how safe the car is this is a dangerous sport. my thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Kalitta family, team and the rest of the NHRA family.

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Scott Kalitta succumbs to injuries suffered in qualifying incident


ENGLISHTOWN, N.J., (June 21, 200 - Scott Kalitta, a two-time former NHRA Top Fuel champion and one of just 14 drivers to have won in both of NHRA's nitro categories, died June 21, 2008, as the result of injuries suffered in a qualifying accident at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., during the running of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals. He was 46.

Kalitta, the son of legendary Top Fuel and Funny Car racer Connie Kalitta, began his career in Alcohol Dragsters and reached his first final round at the 1982 Southern Nationals. He scored his first of what would be 18 career Professional victories six year later, in Funny Car, at the 1989 event in Houston. He later switched to Top Fuel, and joined the dual-fuel club with his first nitro dragster victory, in Topeka, in 1993. At that event, he also recorded the then-fastest speed in NHRA history (308.64 mph) at Topeka. Earlier that year, he had become the fourth member of the Slick 50 300-mph Club at Gainesville.

His great 1993 season set the stage for a championship run in 1994, during which he won five events, including four consecutive -- Columbus, Topeka, Denver and Sonoma – becoming the first Top Fuel driver to do so. Incredibly, he one-upped that season in 1995, where he won six events and a career-best 45 rounds of eliminations en route to his second straight championship.

He finished second in the standings in 1996, but had a fine season nonetheless, scoring a $100,000 victory in the Budweiser Shootout at the season finale in Pomona and set top speed at a category-best eight races.

After winning the Topeka event in 1997 – his fourth straight at the race – he announced his retirement from the sport and sat out until an abbreviated 10-race campaign in 1999. He returned after a three-year hiatus – joining his cousin, Doug, who was now driving for Connie and quickly showed he still had the skills to win, reaching two final rounds and clocking the fastest speed in history at 333.95 mph.

He finally returned to the winner's circle in 2004 with a breakthrough win in Denver and his fourth-place finished marked his sixth top-five points finish in the NHRA POWERade Series. He earned the final two wins of his career in 2005, when he scored in Top Fuel at the season-opening Winternationals in Pomona and in Chicago and finished the season eighth in points.

Kalitta returned to his Funny Car roots in 2006 and reached the semifinals in Denver that year. In 2007, he also reached one semifinal, but this year made his first final-round appearance in three years, and the 26th of his career, with a runner-up in Chicago two weeks ago.

Kalitta is survived by his wife, Kathy; sons Corey, 15, and Colin, 8; and his father, Connie.

Further details will be provided as they become available.

In lieu of today's tragic events, Kalitta Motorsports' race cars driven by Doug Kalitta, Dave Grubnic and Hillary Will will not compete in tomorrow's final eliminations of the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals.

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To a local boy... R.I.P. May blessing fall on Connie and Shirley...

A very sad day in the world of Motorsports.

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Wow that's crazy. My uncle and cousins went down to Englishtown this weekend for the races. That's pretty terrible

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OMG WTF? They put a wall at the end of the track!!! I can't believe that. What kind of a track is that? It's certainly not properly designed for 300 MPH runs, as is made so painfully apparent by this tragedy.

A wall! A friggin wall no extra run out, no padded foam barrier, no plastic barrels filled with water, no sand rumble strip, no gradual incline to help dissipate the speed of a car, no net... nothing. How about a tail hook and cable system like they use on aircraft carriers to arrest landing aircraft?

There must be a hundred things they could have done differently to prevent his death.

I'd certainly hope that this tragedy will be the impetus for the NHRA to re-evaluate its tracks; in the manner that Dale Earnhardt's death lead NASCAR to the mandatory use of the HANS device.

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They interviewed many drivers after the incident, most lamenting the death of their friend, but Tony Pedredgon was pretty critical of NHRA for their lack of safety consideration at this track. You would think that they would consider the contingency that a 300+ mph car would completely lose braking ability at the finish line and make some changes at an old track (lengthen/raise far end, better devices to safely slow down the car, or whatever).

Yeah, a wall?? Wow...

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The problem with the track and having that wall down there is all the NIMBYs that have moved out there, the track used to be in the middle of nowhere. They even have a noise curfew due to those idiots. This is just like all of the people who cry about not wanting oil refineries or anything else, Now California doesn't want offshore drilling, but they damn sure want the oil from it. These NIMBYs are destroying this country.

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The problem with the track and having that wall down there is all the NIMBYs that have moved out there, the track used to be in the middle of nowhere. They even have a noise curfew due to those idiots. This is just like all of the people who cry about not wanting oil refineries or anything else, Now California doesn't want offshore drilling, but they damn sure want the oil from it. These NIMBYs are destroying this country.

Same thing happens around here, local dirt tracks that have been around for 50+ years have surrounding property sold to developers, those developers put a housing development up, then the people move in and ***** about noise and dust. Stupid.

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The problem with the track and having that wall down there is all the NIMBYs that have moved out there, the track used to be in the middle of nowhere. They even have a noise curfew due to those idiots. This is just like all of the people who cry about not wanting oil refineries or anything else, Now California doesn't want offshore drilling, but they damn sure want the oil from it. These NIMBYs are destroying this country.
Yeah, I think that's what Pedregon was talking about, but still, is there some kind of technology at straight tracks (other than the politics of lengthening the track) to slow them down at the far end of they can't stop?

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A wall! A friggin wall no extra run out, no padded foam barrier, no barrels filled with water, no sand rumble strip, no gradual incline to help dissipate the speed of a car, no net... nothing. How about a tail hook and cable system like they use on aircraft carriers to arrest landing aircraft?

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