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Scott Kalitta

Posted on: June 23, 2008 3:36 am
 
I don't post at all about racing events but this weekend's death of Scott Kalitta at Englishtown was a very sad story. A father of two who not only died but did so in a very graphic way. I can't imagine being at Englishtown and seeing this accident because it must have been devastating.

I grew up in East Brunswick (central NJ) which is the town next to Old Bridge where the Englishtown Raceway is located. I spent a number of weekends at the Raceway for various race events and had a lot of fun there and at the Englishtown market next door. I even know the hospital that
Scott Kalitta was taken which is right off Route 18 in Old Bridge.

I still have family and friends in the East Brunswick and surrounding areas and I visit often but this story just reminded me of home. It is just sad that
Scott Kalitta had to start his career and end it in the same place. At least he did what he enjoyed and that is something his family can be proud of.
Category: Auto Racing
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 28, 2008 12:06 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

It's very tragic that such a great person had to go out at such a young age. You could make the argument that de died doin what he loved, but still, that doesn't make it any easier on the family he's left behind. It's sad to see that all the safety measures employed in sports today don't do as much as they should to prevent injuries and deaths.

For the record, the new 1,000 feet track will only reduce top speed by a few miles an hour. I'm not saying that they should reduce it even further, but this safety measure is just for show, so the NHRA doesn't look insensitive and heartless towards the death of Scott Kalitta.




Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: July 17, 2008 6:27 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

First of all i have been here in Salt Lake City out at the track and i have seen some pretty horrible crashes and some people think it is ha ha funny to look at this, but when you are on other end it not it is so scary and poeple in the stand dont realize how bad it can be. I have friend that race and it is not just gas and go it takes alot of safety prep just to go and still when thing like tis happens it just make you wonder is there still some safety prep that they can do to prevent this

 




Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: July 2, 2008 10:24 am
 

Scott Kalitta

Good post sports girl!

 




Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2008 4:05 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

I like your pic wish i was the one taking the pic



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:18 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

Encourage you to check out my blog too everyone. My pic is not as fun to look at but its fun to read. Thanks!



Since: Dec 22, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:17 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

He was a crowd favorite at the NHRA track in Indy. My condolences.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2008 5:41 pm
 

Scott Kalitta

Yeah its sad for sure but then again how many people can say they died doing what they love?

A short list to be sure.

Death isn't enjoyable by any means, my thoughts and prayers do go out to the family.

But I think things like this just happen in a sport where you're going nearly over 300 MPH in the span of an eyeblink. Its almost a testament to the saftey engineers themselves that stories like this aren't more common place in racing.




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2008 9:29 am
 

Scott Kalitta

This was definitely a very sad story and the images of it are engrained in my head.  My thoughts definitely go out to his family, and really anyone who was there to watch the event unfold.

-Nap



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