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Bucko
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There was a Kingsport, Tennessee racer named Ricky Rhea that was killed tragically in the fall of 1981 at Richlands Dragway in Richlands, Virginia. I had just moved to Texas, and called home and my brother informed me of the accident, as he was there that day, and the throttle on the car was stuck and Ricky ran full speed off the cliff at the end of the track's shut down area! My brother was racing his dragster and was in the burn out box, and watched the accident from there. My brother has since passed away, but a close friend and neighbor that was there and witnessed the accident is still available, if you would like to gather more information about this racer and the specifics of the accident. (sent by Tom Morgan)

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Mel Bashore

January 29, 2012 at 6:14 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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