Saturday, June 21, 2008
NHRA's Scott Kalitta killed in crash
Posted Jun 21st 2008 7:25PM by Bruce Ciskie
46-year-old Scott Kalitta, who has been driving race cars for over 25 years, was killed today in a crash at NHRA qualifying in New Jersey. The Englishtown track was the site of Kalitta's debut in 1982.
Kalitta's Funny Car broke apart when his engine exploded at the end of a qualifying run. He had no ability to stop the racecar, and it crashed into a wall at the end of the track, bursting into flames upon impact.
ESPN, scheduled to show qualifying runs from the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, confirmed an earlier Associated Press story that reported Kalitta's death. ESPN showed the crash, and while I am not by any means an expert on drag racing, I have to say it is among the worst crashes I have ever seen in any form of racing. The coverage currently airing on ESPN has intimated that Kalitta was killed instantly.
Posted by Troy & Angie Dodd at 7:31 PM