Fan seriously hurt by flying debris in NHRA crash in Ariz

A female fan attending the National Hot Rod Association Nationals in Chandler was seriously injured Sunday after she was struck by flying debris from a dragster crash, race officials said.
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The fan was watching the first-round eliminations at Firebird International Raceway when she was injured, officials said. She was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment.

Antron Brown‘s Don Schumacher-owned Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster went out of control during a first-round race, according to a Brown spokesman.

Brown was not injured. The spokesman was unable to comment on anything else.

Witness reports say Brown’s left-rear tire and wheel came off his car. The car veered left and hit a retaining wall. The car then turned over on its right side and slid down the track, with Brown’s rollcage compartment rolling several times before coming to a stop upside-down.

Brown’s car then tipped onto its right side and slammed into a retaining wall while sliding down the track.

Brown appeared to be uninjured, but a crewmember drove him to Chandler Regional Hospital for further observation.

“It’s the first time I’ve been in a Top Fuel car where I couldn’t drive it,” Brown said. “The car started pitching at that point, upside down. Things were going crazy and I was hoping I didn’t get into Troy (Buff, who was Brown’s opponent in the left-hand lane). The next thing I knew, I hit the wall.

“There was a burst of flame at my head and back, and I saw spots. The next thing I know somebody was trying to pull me out of the race car. It was a crazy ride. Thanks to the (NHRA) Safety Safari team.”

NHRA officials are investigating the incident.

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