Neal Parker has fatal crash in Englishtown

Neal Parker lost his life today at his home track. The 58 year old Top Alcohol Funny Car drag racer was the second fatality at the SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. in a two-year span. National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car driver Scott ...

Neal Parker has fatal crash in Englishtown
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Neal Parker lost his life today at his home track. The 58 year old Top Alcohol Funny Car drag racer was the second fatality at the SuperNationals in Englishtown, N.J. in a two-year span. National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta was the last NHRA driver fatality at the Old Bridge Township Raceway Park on June 21, 2008.

Parker's crash occurred during the Sportsman qualifying on Friday, June 11, when his car did not slow down nor did his parachute deploy. Thus he was still traveling at a high rate of speed in the the shutdown portion of the track before slamming into the sand trap, and at the speed he was turning, the hit was hard enough to knock down layers of the catch netting.

The Millville resident ran in the Sportsman National and Divisional series. The New Jersey state police immediately took control of the scene and an investigation by them and the NHRA officials will take place.

A statement has been released by the NHRA confirming the fatal accident and includes the following: "On behalf of everyone at NHRA and Raceway Park, we are deeply saddened and want to pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Parker family."

NHRA also stated that the Pro classes -- Funny Car, Top Fuel, Pro Stock, Pro Stock Motorcycle and Pro Mod -- were to resume at around 4:00pm EDT.

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