Skip to comments.Race car driver Kalitta killed in crash at Old Bridge Raceway
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.
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Prayers going up for Scott and the Kalitta family.
from the link.
Over here ST...
I saw the wreck on ESPN. Very sad. RIP Scott.
My prayers go out to him and his family.
The car exploded going down track and continued until it crashed at the end of the track in a huge fireball.....
bummer his dad was one of my favorites back in the 60’s
Prayers for the family.
A sad day.
RIP, I haven’t seen it yet, don’t know if I want to.
Oh man! Prayers for his family.
oh no.... : (
ESPN might show it again, but it is horrible to watch.
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
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. 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.
Gasoline is for cleaning parts
Alcohol is for drinking
Nitro is for racing!
Prayers for the Kalitta family.
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.
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