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If you saw the film footage, it was terrible. God bless the Kalitta family.
 

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thats horrible :(

did anyone else notice how short the sand trap looked at the end of the track? need to add anotheer 100 ft or more. and move or remove the far wall. that alone could have saved his life. even at 300+ when you hit the sand, your not going to go too far. but when you can bounce over it...
 

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I can't believe they still have the sand trap so short at that track.
Which Im sure after this event, NHRA will require track that hold those reace event to have longer sand pits
 

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Actually with the speeds the Nitro classes are running these days, the NHRA needs to evaluate some of these old tracks. For example, the pavement strip at RT.66 in Joliet Illinois is actually a half-mile long, then you have the sand trap. In Kalitta's case, he might have survived had this mishap happen at RT.66, or The Strip in Vegas, etc.
 

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I can't believe they still have the sand trap so short at that track.
You should see the sand trap at our local track. Its about a car and a half long and then there is a cliff.

We are not going quite as fast being its a 1/8th mile track, but some cars do go pretty quick even in this short distance and there is not much of a shut down area. I am only doing about 100mph, but I have to slow down pretty quick to stop in time. There is not much time to get it stopped if you had a problem and it wouldn't stop. You would have to make your decision pretty quickly in order to get stopped.
 

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Very sad, and hard to take when young kids are left behind.
 
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