• Feb 22nd 2010 at 12:40PM
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Antron Brown's crash during NHRA Arizona Nationals – Click above to watch the video after the break

Motorsports are dangerous, there's no doubt about it. Drivers, co-drivers and track personnel are well aware of the possibilities of serious injury or even death, but perhaps those watching from the stands should be more concerned with their safety as well. This point was driven home over the weekend when a female spectator was reportedly struck by a dislodged tire during the NHRA Arizona Nationals at Firebird International Raceway in Chandler near Phoenix.

The woman, who has not yet been identified, was airlifted to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. The wheel spun away from driver Antron Brown's Top Fuel dragster when it flipped on its right side and slid down the guard rail before bursting into flames. Brown was pulled from the wreckage and was apparently unharmed. A video of the crash can be seen after the break.

[Source: ESPN]



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      paul.naauao
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think that all N.H.R.A. drags strip stands for spectators should protected with a fence that can with stand the force of flying debris and tires that killed that woman
      paul.naauao
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think in nhra drag racing both sides of spectators stands should be reinforce with kind type of protected fence that can with stand the force of a tire that killed that woman or any type of flying debries
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a freak accident.

      Nothing more, nothing less.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The yellow stuff is oil...
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Buhahahahahahahahahahahahahaha >:D
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd be fine if they just shut down the whole sport altogether. They might as well put a Tomahawk missile on a rolling cart and see who can ride it all the way to the target. If it were a lady who got beaned on just the right spot on her head from a pop-fly foul ball we could all say, "how tragic, what were the chances?" but the odds of an NHRA car exploding into a fiery shower of debris are too good to make this worthwhile. How horrible for the family.
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is what's wrong with America. You think its stupid, so they should shut it down. I think whatever you like is stupid, so they should shut it down.

        OMG I HAVE A DIFFERENT OPINION SO THEREFORE YOU ARE WRONG!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow, Ian, it must be tough batting zero. In fact, the thing that is RIGHT with America is my freedom to say whatever I please, and if what I want to say is, "drag-racing is a stupid pointless passtime," then that's not only what I'll say, but it's my Constitutional right to do so. Sadly, it is also your Constitutional right to say that you have a problem with my Constitutional right. What a country!

        Lucky for you we also live in a place where rich hicks can spend up all the oil money they please trying to get a vehicle, which in its pursuit of absurdity has ceased to resemble anything like a car save for the four wheels it puts on the ground and the one held in said rich hick's trembling hands, to out accelerate an equally silly vehicle across an arbitray distance before a crowd of people who consider things like deep-fried twinkies battered in pancake mix food.
        Hows it go'inJMC
        • 3 Years Ago
        I love "wasting" oil and fuel, I get to go faster and quicker than a great % of the world has even dreamed of. I've been drag racing for 15 years, still havnt gotten tired of it. Quit calling us rich hicks, I live in southern california you dick. I also earned a masters degree in mechanical engineering from USC. Im not asking you to shut your ignorant trap, but to respect a SPORT that many pour blood, sweat, and tears into, and also that many share as a family, whether it is an expensive hobby, or their way of life. Its our money, our time, and no one makes anyone go watch these events, it's their choice to watch. Accidents happen. This post is a few years old, hope what I've said gets through.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all, Ian, your argument makes no sense whatsoever. Of course more people die being hit by busses, you fool. How many people do you think WALK vs. go to NHRA events? That's like saying skydiving is perfectly safe because more people have heart attacks each year.

        Second of all, I don't care how safe or dangerous being a spectator at these events is. I just think the sport is stupid so it seems sad to me that a person would die because of it. I mean if someone died during a hotdog eating contest wouldn't we all wonder if it was in vain? So it is for me and drag-racing.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They should shut down walking in the city then too. More people get hit by a bus and die every year than die drag racing at legally sanctioned events. Stop being so reactionist and critical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        P.S. I'm not being reactionary... I've thought NHRA racing is stupid for a very long time now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh dear god... dane cook was right!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, Mary totally should have tried to palm it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm glad someone remembered his schpiel. Peace be with that woman's family...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Guess they'll have to shorten the track again.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thats why I try to live my life to the fullest, because when its time to go, its time to go..
        • 5 Years Ago
        @spud Top Fuel dragsters do not use coolant, they have solid machined cylinder heads that utilize the cooling properties of the nitromethane and the incoming air to cool the heads and block.
        • 5 Years Ago
        One could argue, if you are at a drag race you are not living life to the fullest.
      • 5 Years Ago

      !.) The yellow fluid is the oil that turns that color when it is mixed with the Nitro.

      2.) There is an onboard fire system, mainly for the driver.

      3.) The axle or some other rear end part proably failed, causing the tire and wheel to break away from the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a stupid Neanderthal sport....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Rich, you've made several anti-car posts all over this forum. As such, I am really beginning to suspect that you are here for no other reason but to troll.

        We like cars here at autoblog. That's why we read the articles; that's why we bother to comment on articles discussing certain things. That's why we drool over amazing cars, and boo and hiss on automotive travesties.

        I don't follow Top Fuel, but I do appreciate it. Do you know at what insane levels these engines operate, and kind of power and torque figures they put down? No? Of course not - you haven't even bothered. People like me and the others in this thread can appreciate such engineering efforts. Historically, men have always tried to push the envelope of what is possible. Without such things, we'd have no nuclear power, no trip to the moon... hell, even no constitutional monarchy or even the United States. We would have nothing if we just stuck with the "useful" attitude throughout the history of our race.

        At any rate, I digress. The tragedy here appears to be issues related to other than the fact that these races exist. The lady could have been killed in many other ways. If she died in a car accident, would you declare that the problem is any type of vehicle ownership, whether personal, commercial, industrial, military, or government? Of course you would. I would also be willing to bet that you're the type of person who finds the first news camera they can and would call for the immediate shutdown of McDonald if she happened to be the victim of some freak accident there.

        But anyway - I find your exploitation of this tragedy to further your ridiculous agenda disgusting, to put it frankly. If you continue this immature behavior in the future, I will be forced to report your posts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "find horsepower amazing".

        I examined my innermost thoughts and no, I don't find horsepower amazing.

        I find it useful.

        The *other* sort of drag racing is far less likely to kill a spectator. Unless a burly chap's heel comes adrift and goes flying into the crowd. But that could be solved with heel tethers.

        Yes, ridiculous. So's the sport in question.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A solid arguement can be made that drag racing is the most pure form of motorsport. While other forms of racing typically devolve into, "whose the better driver," drag racing minimizes driver involvement, making it purely a contest between vehicles. Drag racing has an attraction to analytical types that appreciate things mechanical.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Then where is the list of officially approved non-Neanderthal sports and who is doing the approving?
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah. football and MMA are the sports of the modern intellectual man, right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        JB34:

        If you ever get a chance, stand next to a Formula 1 car and then next to a dragster....you will quickly realize why drag racing is a stone-age sport.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When you are talking 6,000hp something is going to break eventually. Probably sheared the axle flange off.
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