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Race car driver Kalitta killed in crash at Old Bridge Raceway
The Star-Ledger ^ | June 21, 2008 | Susan Wade and Jeffery C. Mays

Posted on 06/21/2008 4:27:18 PM PDT by racing fan

Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta was killed today in a fiery crash during a drag race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, race officials said.

Kalitta, 46, was pronounced dead at Old Bridge Township Hospital after his car lost control during the fourth and final round of qualifying at the National Hot Rod Association Super Nationals, according to statement by the association.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: funnycar; nhra; obituary; scottkalitta; sports
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1 posted on 06/21/2008 4:27:19 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

Prayers going up for Scott and the Kalitta family.

RIP Scott.


2 posted on 06/21/2008 4:35:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (De-Globalize yourself !)
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To: racing fan

RIP.


3 posted on 06/21/2008 4:35:53 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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To: racing fan

from the link.

4 posted on 06/21/2008 4:37:00 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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To: SouthTexas

Over here ST...


5 posted on 06/21/2008 4:39:27 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: racing fan

I saw the wreck on ESPN. Very sad. RIP Scott.


6 posted on 06/21/2008 4:39:36 PM PDT by Poser (Willing to fight for oil)
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To: racing fan

My prayers go out to him and his family.


7 posted on 06/21/2008 4:40:50 PM PDT by Sociopathocracy (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
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To: racing fan

The car exploded going down track and continued until it crashed at the end of the track in a huge fireball.....


8 posted on 06/21/2008 4:41:48 PM PDT by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: racing fan

bummer his dad was one of my favorites back in the 60’s


9 posted on 06/21/2008 4:42:34 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: All

Very tragic.


10 posted on 06/21/2008 4:42:41 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: tubebender; racing fan

Prayers for the family.

A sad day.


11 posted on 06/21/2008 4:42:52 PM PDT by SouthTexas (If you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much space!)
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To: racing fan

RIP, I haven’t seen it yet, don’t know if I want to.


12 posted on 06/21/2008 4:42:56 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: racing fan

Oh man! Prayers for his family.


13 posted on 06/21/2008 4:43:51 PM PDT by barker ( A smile is a curved line that sets things straight.)
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To: racing fan

oh no.... : (


14 posted on 06/21/2008 4:43:59 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (this space for rent)
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To: racing fan

RIP Scott

15 posted on 06/21/2008 4:45:16 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: eyedigress

ESPN might show it again, but it is horrible to watch.


16 posted on 06/21/2008 4:45:30 PM PDT by racing fan
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To: racing fan

OMG ... so infrequent serious injuries in Drag Racing. Scott was one of the best. I was in Indy in 96??? when Blaine Johnson went over. It was a shock then to the drag race community. In fact I thin Bernstein turned his championship over to honor the Johnson brother. Alan was his crew Chief.

I love drag racing .... but when it goes bad ...it goes bad in a very big way. Prayers up for the kalita family.

We will miss you Scott


17 posted on 06/21/2008 4:46:09 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: racing fan
Serious bummer. Used to watch his dad back in the day.

Conrad "Connie" Kalitta (born February 24, 1938 in Michigan) is the CEO of Kalitta Air and a retired American drag racing driver, once known as "The Bounty Hunter". He grew up in Mount Clemens, Michigan, and was a 1957 graduate of Mount Clemens High School. He raced from the 1950s through the 1990s. He was the first driver to hit 200 mph in an NHRA sanctioned event. He also helped Shirley Muldowney get started (in the "Bounty Huntress" car). Kalitta won 10 NHRA national events between 1967 and 1994. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1992. On the 2001 National Hot Rod Association Top 50 Drivers, 1951-2000, Kalitta was ranked #21.[1] He was played by Beau Bridges in the Muldowney biography film Heart Like a Wheel. He is the father and uncle respectively, of racers Scott Kalitta and Doug Kalitta.

18 posted on 06/21/2008 4:47:22 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: racing fan

Gasoline is for cleaning parts
Alcohol is for drinking
Nitro is for racing!

Prayers for the Kalitta family.


19 posted on 06/21/2008 4:49:40 PM PDT by sheana
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To: mad_as_he$$

When Connie was driveing he used to have the “Man, that is flying!” on the side of the dragster and support semi. Connie was one of the old school with Eddie/Ersie Hill, Kenny Bernstein and of course John foce in funny cars.

You often saw their aircraft out at DFW. They had a small fleet of planes and Semis.


20 posted on 06/21/2008 4:54:27 PM PDT by HiramQuick (work harder ... welfare recipients depend on you!)
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To: mad_as_he$$
Scott sponsored by DHL while his Father owns Kallitta air. Connie lost a big plane in a crash just a couple of weeks ago. Attended my first Drag race at Hammer Field in FResno in 1952 or 53 plus Formoasa near Bakersfield and the strip near Lodi. Proud member of the FResno Pan Draggers and yes, I still have my Plaque
21 posted on 06/21/2008 4:55:33 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: t1b8zs

Yep! Connie Kallita who owns Kallita Air,the 747 that broke up in Belgium last month. RIP Scott and to a Great Kallita Family.


22 posted on 06/21/2008 5:01:06 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot (God Bless America and The Republicans)
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To: racing fan; SouthTexas

Condolences to the Kallita family and organization.

Thanks to SouthTexas for linking me to this.


23 posted on 06/21/2008 5:10:08 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (I reserve the right to misinterpret the comments of any and all pesters)
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To: tubebender

WOW!!


24 posted on 06/21/2008 5:16:14 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Will this thread be jacked by a Mormon?)
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To: racing fan

Crash video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DziJdGwFQjU


25 posted on 06/21/2008 5:23:05 PM PDT by orlop9
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To: mad_as_he$$
WOW!!

That's how I fell about it myself. My First Wife just proposition me so we are off to the nearest Hunan Restaurant for dinner. Will post more T. Bender history latter...

26 posted on 06/21/2008 5:25:01 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: orlop9

Ghastly.....


27 posted on 06/21/2008 5:27:04 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: orlop9

Man o man. I actually caught part of the half hour show that preceded it today on ESPN2 (around 4:30pm, I think), 2007 Thrills and Chills. It featured a bunch of crashes just like this with some time set aside to demonstrate the safety advances, especially in the Funny Car class, with additional roll cage bracing and body protection.

By the looks of that crash, nothing would’ve made a difference. There’s only so much you can do to prevent death when halting a car from 225+ in just a few feet, with what apparently was still fuel on board.

Sad.


28 posted on 06/21/2008 5:33:52 PM PDT by GreenAccord (Bacon Akbar!)
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To: racing fan

It looks like his engine blew, but the car kept tracking in a straight line.

Watched the tape twice and it looks to me like the drag chute never fully deployed.


29 posted on 06/21/2008 5:36:21 PM PDT by 2111USMC
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To: tubebender

RIP, bump


30 posted on 06/21/2008 6:00:47 PM PDT by umgud
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To: racing fan

Very sad. Looks like the configuration of the track made the difference. There’s just no room for error there. Had this happened at Sonoma, for instance, he probably would have survived, as he would have went into the sand pit, instead of a wall.


31 posted on 06/21/2008 6:03:24 PM PDT by B Knotts (Calvin Coolidge Republican)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Was he driving a Toyota?


32 posted on 06/21/2008 6:17:02 PM PDT by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: B Knotts
I have to agree. Most tracks I've seen have long overruns just for problems like that and this one didn't. The blow up may have damaged his chute.

loved watching him run. Prayers to him, his family, and friends.

33 posted on 06/21/2008 6:17:23 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: eyedigress

If you feel the need to see it, it is on YouTube.

It’s pretty stunning to say the least. It’s a very different experience from watching the Earnhardt crash, which I still can’t watch, and haven’t been able to watch since the day it happened.

All I can say is that the car simply exploded. It stayed in a straight line before, during and after the explosion. Just a huge fireball.


34 posted on 06/21/2008 7:24:26 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: HokieMom

Yrah, I believe it was a Toyota.


35 posted on 06/21/2008 7:26:15 PM PDT by SlapHappyPappy
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To: HokieMom
Was he driving a Toyota?

I believe that's what the article said. And I thought, "Toyota funny car? No wonder it blew up."

36 posted on 06/21/2008 7:49:09 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (the media vs. the people.)
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To: SlapHappyPappy
My TV listing shows this event replaying on ESPN 2 at 11:30 Eastern.

It was claimed that debris from the car's body became wrapped up in the chute so it couldn't deploy as needed.

Someone on the ESPN page this said that he met Kalitta there years ago and this was his favorite track.

37 posted on 06/21/2008 7:52:03 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: tubebender
Famosa is near McFarland!

;-)

38 posted on 06/21/2008 7:54:59 PM PDT by bannie
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To: bannie
When did they move it? I have met descendent's of the founder of McFarland. John McFarland retired a Fire Chief of Eureka and is now Chief in Arcata and his son Matt is in the Eureka department. I met Johns dad and he was a GMC dealer in Bakersfield...
39 posted on 06/21/2008 8:22:17 PM PDT by tubebender
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To: HokieMom
Was he driving a Toyota?

When it comes to Funny Cars, the body is (rather loosely) based on a certain manufacturer's body style, but other than sponsorship money, that's about it for factory involvement. Yes, the car was a Toyota. But I doubt that anything inside that car was actually made by Toyota.

Mark

40 posted on 06/21/2008 8:24:58 PM PDT by MarkL (Al Gore: The Greenhouse Gasbag! (heard on Bob Brinker's Money Talk))
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To: 2111USMC
looks to me like the drag chute never fully deployed.

Actually, it looks like the chute fully deployed. Problem was, there wasn't much left of it after the initial explosion. Wouldn't surprise me if he made it through the blast, only to die once he met the wall.
41 posted on 06/21/2008 8:26:35 PM PDT by July 4th
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To: racing fan; StarCMC
For those who don't know...Connie Kalitta is the owner of Kalitta Air Charters. Connie bought and specifically equipped Air Craft to transport Our Fallen Heroes (KIA from Iraq and Afghanistan) in a dignified manner back home to their loved ones. It was a Vast Improvement from having them delivered as air cargo aboard commercial air craft.
42 posted on 06/21/2008 8:39:27 PM PDT by rottndog (Globull Warming "Science" = garbage in, gospel out.)
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To: racing fan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DziJdGwFQjU


43 posted on 06/21/2008 8:45:09 PM PDT by SIDENET (Hubba Hubba...)
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To: racing fan

Very sad.

Prayers to him and his family.

Personally, I think Funny Cars should be banned.

They really aren’t cars, they are a fiberglass body over a chassis. More than once, they have contained the fire and killed the driver.

I used to wrench on a 6 second ride that was a full frame off camero. A few years after I moved on, our boss ate fire when the fuel pump puked gallons of fuel on the hood at the line. He wouldn’t have lived had he been in a funny car. Even with his firesuit, he damn near didn’t make it.


44 posted on 06/21/2008 8:52:52 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: FlingWingFlyer

Scott will probably be the the Dale Sr. of NHRA in as such as future safety requirements, first off I can see that there should have been something, anything better than what looked like a solid barrier at the end of that strip.

I doubt SAFR would help, maybe something that stops aircraft like nets or a road surface that sinks the vehicle in air pockets (Mythbusters).


45 posted on 06/21/2008 8:54:46 PM PDT by Eye of Unk (The world WILL be cleaner, safer and more productive without Islam.)
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To: HiramQuick
This is truly sad. Scott was good to talk to and seemed to be a good sport in a very competive motor sport. God knows all the races who have left us after climbing to the top.

Jimmy Clark, Jochen Rindt, Graham Hill, Darrel Russell, Eric Medlin....if you watch racing you're going to see some of the sportsmen pay the ultimate price.

Did you ever see the news from the 1964 Indy 500? Two drivers killed and Parnelli Jones bailing from a burning car in the pits as he directed it to a wall....an accident plagued race if there ever was one.

Indy 500 Crash in 1964 After this crash, gasoline was no longer used at the speedway.

47 posted on 06/21/2008 9:25:27 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Free the Refineries! - H.R. 2279 Must Become Law!)
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To: 2111USMC

The drag chute got tied up, it was probably burned to some extent by the fire. If the chute is nylon, fire will cause it to melt together before it deploys. From what I read on the Simpson Equipment web site, the chute may be made of canvas.

Whatever it is, it burns. They need to get the chute away from a burning car; IMHO it would have saved Scott’s life here. Possibly an emergency system that is activated along with the fire extinguishers.

Scott hit the sand hard. There was no aerodymic braking..he was probably busy hitting the extinguishers.


48 posted on 06/21/2008 9:33:41 PM PDT by Loud Mime (Free the Refineries! - H.R. 2279 Must Become Law!)
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To: racing fan

A WALL???

Why would they build a wall at the end of the track?

Why not a sand trap?


49 posted on 06/22/2008 3:32:00 AM PDT by ryan71 (Typical bitter white gun toter)
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To: Loud Mime
It's also possible that the chute took little damage but was being weighed down by fiberglass parts it caught, something almost impossible to prevent.

ESPN interviews with other drivers brought up something I didn't even think about. In the early days, the slow down areas and safety overruns were designed for cars with problems like a stuck accelerator and no chute. Only the speeds weren't as fast as they are today. Few strips have kept up with the new higher speeds, many have the same set up as when they were first built. The drivers were accusing the owners of negligence.

50 posted on 06/22/2008 3:32:34 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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