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Bucko
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I was at the 1977 IHRA Summernationals at Great Lakes Dragway. [July 1-3, 1977] During qualifying on Saturday [July 2] a funny car driver in the right lane was killed. He lost control, crossed the centerline behind the funny car in the left lane, He went across the grass and hit a chain link fence. The motor separated from the car and the driver's area rolled up in the chain link fence. They had to cut the fence away to get the driver out. There was a moment of silence. They announced he was killed, 60 seconds of silence and back to racing! Maybe the 60 seconds of silence was to pray for his survival. But I am pretty sure they announced he had passed away. Always curious about the incident. Anyone know anything about this accident? [Scott Grant, email to site administrator, 10/2/2016]

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Mel Bashore

October 2, 2016 at 11:42 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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