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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 02-21-2007, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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RACER KILLED AT HATTIESBURG, MS
During time trials for the annual Mardi Gras race at Hub City Dragway, near Hattiesburg, MS, local racer Scott Williams died Feb. 19, in a top-end crash. Williams, of Clinton, MS, apparently lost control of his Fox-body Mustang, climbed the metal guard rail and was launched driver's side first into the upright supports of the right-lane scoreboard. The car was torn into several pieces by the impact and Williams, 29, was ejected and killed instantly according to a report in the Hattiesburg American. Racing was cancelled after the tragedy and the track is currently closed for repairs. [2/21/2007]
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RACER KILLED AT HATTIESBURG, MS
During time trials for the annual Mardi Gras race at Hub City Dragway, near Hattiesburg, MS, local racer Scott Williams died Feb. 19, in a top-end crash. Williams, of Clinton, MS, apparently lost control of his Fox-body Mustang, climbed the metal guard rail and was launched driver's side first into the upright supports of the right-lane scoreboard. The car was torn into several pieces by the impact and Williams, 29, was ejected and killed instantly according to a report in the Hattiesburg American. Racing was cancelled after the tragedy and the track is currently closed for repairs. [2/21/2007]
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Yes, a lot of my friends new him and it has really touched us all.

I wasn't going to say anything because I was not at the race track and did not know the exact details.



It has really set heavy with everyone around here.

I'm sorry if the picture might offend anyone but it is something that can happen to anyone who drag races. It has really been a wake-up call for myself.
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Jone's.......Very sorry the loss is that close.Had one up here six years back,bad deal.My thoughts are with all who new him.
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Hey guys,

I'm really saddened to hear this. Was Scott Williams any kin to my friend and customer Norman Williams from down around Ocean Springs and Van Cleave?

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prayers...

...........prayers........... :?

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Hey guys,

I'm really saddened to hear this. Was Scott Williams any kin to my friend and customer Norman Williams from down around Ocean Springs and Van Cleave?

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I'm not for sure, I never met this gentlman. Like I said all of the guys I hang around at the race track from the Jackson area new him well.

I can tell you that the car wasn't his car. He was driving it for someone else, he was married and 29 years old. The car was supposedly a 5.20 1/8 mile car.
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i fmet scott about 4 years ago when he worked at wynn speed. he was a very kool guy and a hell of a driver. he will be missed.
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a 5.20 1/8th mile car? (8.90 1/4) i realize the cars mangled, but i cant see any cage.
what a tragedy.
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Ya, details are real sketchy about the car. I was told it had a cage but I wonder if it was just a 6 point or something. I would have thought if it had a complete NHRA spec cage we wouldn't be having this conversation.



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That's about the worst place for a giant pole that I can think of. Why the heck would they place that thing immediately adjacent to the guardrail?

What an awful accident.

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Guys, do you really think any kind of cage would protect you from a impact with a steel beam mounted a couple feet from the metal guard rail on the top end of the track at over a 100mph? It tore the car in half...... The beam shouldn't have been that close to the track, that is why we have the displeasure of seeing this. Now the question is will the move the scoreboards or chance it happening again

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Man that is a terrible tragedy..I feel for his family. We had a guy get killed at Outer Banks last year in a 4 sec dragster. Ran off the end of the track(2500') at wide open throttle. Never lifted. He was 27.
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It doesn't matter how good the cage is, if its your time the good lord gonna take you. My condolences...

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Guys, do you really think any kind of cage would protect you from a impact with a steel beam mounted a couple feet from the metal guard rail on the top end of the track at over a 100mph? It tore the car in half...... The beam shouldn't have been that close to the track, that is why we have the displeasure of seeing this. Now the question is will the move the scoreboards or chance it happening again
You make a good point. Why do they need to be so close to the track?

I doubt anything changes at that track. This happened on a Monday and they were open the next day for their biggest race of the year "Fat Tuesday"
I have been told by some one who works at that track that they "might" see the owners five times a year. The only reason that track is open is for this "Fat Tuesday" race. They don't even bracket race at that track anymore.

Everyone feels like the track owners think, as long as racers keep coming into the gate why should they try to make it any better.


I would really like to know what it takes to have a track IHRA or NHRA approved?
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You know, I quit going to Denton Dragway due to numerous safety issues.

It's just not worth my life to have some punk in charge of tech and safety put my life in jeopardy.

Tell you what, it's plain scary to watch a KOTH or a true 10.5 race there at Denton.

This year I will be going to texas raceway instead.


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