Warmup laps for a sprint car race in Northern California turned deadly Saturday night when one of the racecars hit two people who were in the pit area. According to a report on CBS Sacramento, the 14- and 68-year-old victims were both in the pit area of Marysville Raceway Park (about 40 miles north of Sacramento) when Chase Johnson, 17, lost control of his racecar – possibly due to a mechanical malfunction – and left the track at around 90 miles per hour. Some news reports have indicated that the teenage victim was the driver's cousin, and the 68-year-old victim owned some of the cars entered in the race.

Unlike most larger racetracks, the pit area at Marysville is located outside of the racing surface, so if Johnson was unable to turn, it could explain why his car went straight into the pits. A witness' statement in the some news reports indicate that the car may have had a stuck throttle, but there has been no definitive information released as of yet to say exactly what happened. The track's website states that it requires everyone in the pit area to be at least 14 years old.

This isn't Marysville Raceway Park's first fatal incident. In August of 2010, two competitors crashed during a semi truck race, killing one of the drivers. Scroll down to watch a couple of local news reports about the tragedy.




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      RampantFury
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds ot me like the tracks safety standards needs work.
      Michael Powers
      • 1 Year Ago
      I live in Northern Ca just up the road from Marysville, it's always a sad day when lives are lost, but it seems to hit harder when it's in your backyard and when it involves a sport that you love, my heart heart goes to the families of the one's lost, especially to the parents of the 14 year old.
        uslanhcc
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael Powers
        Thank you for your comments. Marcus Johnson is the young boy who was killed. He was not only a fan, but a driver as well. His parents, Rob and Gina and their younger son Hayden and the rest of our family will get through this together. On Sunday, we will have a celebration of life for Marcus in his hometown of Santa Rosa. Racing is the family business and we will get back to it when the time is right.
      G2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Watch out guys, next thing we know, the moms of America are going to try and ban racing.
      LMI500
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do we really need to see the video or any videos for that matter when people are killed? It seems now a days we have to see them and become more and more desensitized and move on. Especially when a kid is involved. Just my 2 cents. It\'s a tragedy...
        Masschine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @LMI500
        I tend to agree but I also like to try and see if I could suggest something that might help prevent it in the future. My heartfelt condolences to the families.