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Old 06-21-2008, 05:57 PM
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Scott was just involved in a horrible accident at etown raceway.

Please refrain from speculation, once there is an official statement. Please respect the Kalitta family and not post speculation until an official statement
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GOD SPEED SCOTT



Driver killed in crash at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park
by Susan Wade and Jeffery C. Mays/The Star-Ledger Saturday June 21, 2008, 5:59 PM
A driver was killed in a fiery crash during a drag race today at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park, state police said.


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NHRA funny car driver Scott Kalitta during qualifying for the Route 66 Nationals at Route 66 Raceway on June 6.
Witnesses said the driver, Scott Kalitta, was speeding at an estimated 300 mph during the National Hot Rod Association Super Nationals when the engine of his Toyota Solara exploded in a ball of flames.

"The driver was killed after he lost control of his vehicle," said Sgt. Julian Castellanos, a spokesman for the State Police.

He declined to confirm that Kalitta was the victim, saying his family had not yet been notified.

But spectators at the track watched as Kalitta's car exploded, hit a sand trap, then vaulted over a protective catch fence. A slow-moving ambulance took the driver away.

Kalitta, 46, of Palmetto, Fla., was a two-time Top Fuel champion (1994-95) had 18 career victories, 17 of them in the Top Fuel class.


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NHRA funny car driver Scott Kalitta during testing at the National Time Trials at Firebird International Raceway on Jan. 29.He began his racing career at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 1982.

His father, Connie Kalitta, the legendary driver/team owner known as "The Bounty Hunter," was his co-crew chief, along with Glenn Mikres. Kalitta's cousin, Doug Kalitta, compete sin the Top Fuel class.

Castellanos said that the event was being taped for ESPN, and police will review the tapes to determine what caused the accident.
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God speed. Followed Scott's career a little,but his father Connie was from my era,he was my hero in my younger days. Guess he followed his father to success,very sad it ended this way.Prayers to the Kalitta family.
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im in shock, he was a good friend and had many a fun time together back in my Mich days. at Kalitta Flying Service.
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R.I.P. Bro !!

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NHRA driver Scott Kalitta killed in crash in NJ
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ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. (AP) ó Scott Kalitta died Saturday when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames during qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.

State police confirmed that the 46-year-old Kalitta, a two-time Top Fuel champion who had 18 career victories, was killed in the accident.

Witnesses told The Star-Ledger of Newark that Kalitta's Toyota Solara was traveling at an estimated speed of 300 mph when the crash occurred.

The Palmetto, Fla., resident started his career at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 1982. His father, Connie Kalitta, was a longtime driver and team owner known as "The Bounty Hunter," and his cousin, Doug Kalitta, also drives competitively.
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Very sad. I followed Scott's career a little because his dad,Connie,was from my era,and he was kind of my hero in my younger days,and Scott followed in his dad's footsteps.Kind of a good thing to do. RIP,Scott. Prayers to the Kalitta family
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wow,so sad
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