View Full Version : NHRA Champion Scott Kalitta dies during qualifying

06-21-2008, 06:33 PM
RIP, Scott

Link (http://sports.espn.go.com/rpm/racing/nhra/news/story?id=3455554)

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. -- Scott Kalitta died Saturday when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames during qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

State police confirmed that the 46-year-old Kalitta, a two-time Top Fuel champion who had 18 career victories, was killed in the accident.

Witnesses told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Kalitta's Toyota Solara was traveling at an estimated speed of 300 mph when the crash occurred.

06-21-2008, 10:51 PM
Way sad. The NHRA fans are furious that the sand trap at the end of this track is so short. At the end of the sand trap is a concrete wall. That's what he hit. Doesn't look like he slowed down much. So many funny cars veer off to the side after these explosions, hit a wall, and stop. This guy went straight ahead.