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Posted: 9:22 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013
By Trish Williford
CONCORD, N.C. —
A dramatic scene unfolded Saturday at the Z-Max Dragway. Part of a car lost its top and flew into the stands.
Officials with the National Hot Rod Association said Sunday they will be reviewing the crash at the Z-Max Dragway.
Racer Robert Hight's engine blew up as he took off, then the body of his car flew into the stands. No one was seriously injured, but it was certainly the talk among drag racing fans Sunday. "I was like, "Oh Lord! It's going to hit somebody,'" said racing fan Daniel Chisolm.
Racing fan Clayton Cragan, who is also an emergency medical technician, was sitting 8 feet away from the crash. "You hate for stuff like that to happen but it just makes you want to get even closer to the action," Cragan said.
Some people might cringe at the thought of seeing car parts flying into the stands, but die-hard racing fans don't find it to be nearly as big of a deal. Cragan said it took about 45 minutes for the races to begin again after the crash.
The two fans injured were checked out on the scene and are expected to be OK. The speedway didn't want to comment, only saying its getting back to racing.
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