NHRA Death Going To Look At Everything

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"Our hearts, our prayers and our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends of the woman who passed away. The woman's name has not been released to protect the privacy of her family."

The NHRA Arizona Nationals first round eliminations were taking place when Antron Brown's top fuel dragster crashed because it lost it's left rear tire. The tire flew into the crowd before slamming into and a woman identified as Susan, she was not instantly killed as previously reported.

Believed to be the circuit's first non-competition fatality since the late 1970s, it follows the on-track deaths of Funny Car drivers Eric Medlen (2007) and Scott Kalitta ('08). Medlen's death from a severe tire shake during a test sparked teams and drivers to reinforce the rollcage and cockpit; Kalitta's passing led NHRA to shorten distances for nitro-methane classes from a quarter-mile to 1,000 feet.

"We are going to look at everything," NHRA vice president Jerry Archambeault told reporters. "We won't walk away from this and do nothing. We will react and make changes, as we have proven many times in the past."

Its mission to slow cars down from 300-mph runs now adds the challenge of protecting spectators from flying debris.

“The last 400 feet, I was this close to crashing,” Anderson said during ESPN2 coverage. “I have never been this close to crashing. I have been driving these things a long time. I’m not trying to say I’m some kind of great driver or anything. It is impassable out there.

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