Terrible experience at the track this past Sunday.....
I had the misfortune of witnessing a really terrible accident at the track this past Sunday.
I've probably been to the track 5 time in the past 5 years. With a house full of young children and the rest of life's responsibilities there just hasn't been much time for my hobbies. I've hoarded a ton of nice parts and project cars, but I just don't have the time to do the things I used to enjoy. Well, my twin sons are 4 years old now and they are just getting to the point where my wife feels comfortable with letting them follow daddy around so dad had the bright idea of taking his boys to the 1/8 mile drag-strip in Eatonton, Ga. this past weekend.
I cleaned out the Suburban, packed up my boys and my camera and headed to the track. We get there and it looks like it's going to be a fairly quiet evening as there weren't very many racers there.
My boys and I are sitting in the stand watching the races when this kid driving a Nova that he and his father had just built gets into what appeared to be a relatively mild accident. He had taken the car down the track several times and it ran hard and straight. Not super fast ( high 6s) but respectable. His last run was a buy run and it looked like he was giving her all she'd take when the rearend broke traction and began fishtailing at about mid track. It looked like the car side-swiped the guard rail, was thrown back into the center of the track and then slammed nose first back into the guard rail. From where we were sitting it didn't appear to be that bad of an accident. Since I knew the races were over for the day I tell my boys lets head back to the truck so we can leave. Unfortunately, my truck was parked right beside where the car came to a stop. When we got to my truck I realized that the accident was much, much worse than I originally thought. The guardrail had broken loose, punched through the radiator support traveled between the engine and shocktower on the drivers side, punched through the firewall, punched through the driver's side dash, and come out the drivers side door. One complete rail had traveled through the car and the second was about 3/4 of the way through when it bent and stopped the car. The driver had to be airlifted to the trauma center. While they EMTs were trying to put him on the stretcher about half of his left leg fell on off. I just found out today that the poor kid died. I don't even know his name but it breaks my heart. His mom, dad, and 2 sisters were right there when it happened. I really feel terrible for his dad. They had build the car together in the back yard. How do you live with something like that?
I've decided that all of my cars are just cruisers. Sorry for the rant.