CHANDLER, Ariz. -- A woman died Sunday after being hit by a tire from a crashing dragster at the NHRA Arizona Nationals.
The woman was watching a first-round Top Fuel run at Firebird
International Raceway when Antron Brown's Matco Tools/U.S. Army
dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear wheel
Maisonet said she didn't know the victim's name or hometown.
"The entire NHRA community is deeply saddened by today's
incident and sends its thoughts and prayers to the woman's family
and friends," the National Hot Rod Association said in an e-mailed
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Franki Buckman, the track's executive vice president, said
Firebird International Raceway also is deeply saddened by the
Brown was released by the track medical staff, but went to
Chandler Regional Hospital for further observation, according to a
statement from Don Schumacher Racing. The NHRA said Brown wasn't
The Associated Press sent an e-mail to Brown's Brownsburg,
Ind.-based racing team seeking comment after the woman died.
The racing continued after the accident, and John Force advanced
to his second straight Funny Car final before the session was
postponed because of rain. Force, the 60-year-old star who ended a
40-race winless streak last week with his record 127th victory,
will meet Jack Beckman on Monday.
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