For Carnie Fryfogle, racing was a passion he fed for nearly half a century. From drag racing, to funny cars, to even a brief foray into speed skating, the 66-year-old Manchester resident was always on the look out for the rush of competition, according to those who knew him best.
Saturday, Fryfogle died as a result of a single vehicle crash at Susquehanna Speedway in Newberry Township, Pennsylvania.
Friend and fellow racer Daryl Winkler said Fryfogle died doing what he loved. During a race with the All-American Outlaws, a car-racing organization which holds scheduled competitions throughout the year, Fryfogle struck a guardrail and rolled the vehicle several times. Investigators determined Fryfogle was wearing all of his safety gear at the time.
Among his friends and family, Fryfogle was known for being there to lend a hand for anyone in need.
"He helped anybody if they needed something he had, or if they just needed an extra hand," Winkler said. "He was just one of those few people who are out there like that. We need more people like that out in the world."
For Fryfogle's brother-in-law, Jim Chenoweth, it was this generous spirit that defined Fryfogle. The two met in the late 1960s, when Carnie started a relationship with Jim's sister, Betty Ann. The two soon began racing together on the drag scene in Carroll. Chenoweth said Fryfogle gave him one of his old cars so Chenoweth could trade it in for his first racer.
"After all these years, he was always the same guy. Whenever you needed him, he'd be there," Chenoweth said. "He was always saying 'I can do that. I'd do that for you.' He was always trying to do something for others. That's the way it is. He was a good man and a good father."
Fryfogle was married to Betty Ann and raised three children, Carnie Jr., Henry and Becky. His nephew, Greg Fryfogle, said family is Carnie's greatest legacy.
"He was a good, loving husband, and his family was full of good, loving people," Greg Fryfogle said. "I've known him all my life. He didn't drink. He didn't smoke. I don't think I ever heard him say a cuss word. He was just a good Christian man."
Professionally, Fryfogle worked as a building contractor. Greg Fryfogle said his uncle was a hard worker who always had a fair deal for everyone he worked with.
Carnie Fryfogle's sister Trudy Glass said her brother was a kind person who would do anything for anybody.
"He loved racing, and his family was his life," Glass said. "He was a wonderful brother and son and husband and grandfather."
Winkler runs All-American Outlaws, the racing organization to which Carnie Fryfogle belonged. Winkler said the racing group of about 30 drivers was like a family, and they were heartbroken about the accident. Winkler said the group is discussing hosting a memorial race in his honor in the future.
Each year, Fryfogle, along with the rest of the All-American Outlaws, would help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at the organizations' respective races. Winkler said Fryfogle's death was the first fatality in the history of the Outlaws organization, which was established in 2007.
"Every day, a person goes to work and he's more at-risk during that drive than [Fryfogle] was in that accident," Winkler said. "Most people are driving with no roll cages or harnesses. It [was] just a freak accident."