06.23.08 10 years ago 26 Comments

Drag racer Scott Kalitta was killed in a horrific crash in New Jersey while qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals on Saturday.  Kalitta, 46, was an accomplished driver with 18 career victories on the circuit.  More than four words from the AP:

Scott Kalitta died Saturday when his Funny Car crashed and burst into flames… 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 video shown by ESPN2 (after the jump) would be amazing to watch if it weren't for the sobering reality that somebody was, um, burning to death inside.  Yikes.  If you see anyone saying "At least he died doing what he loved," you are hereby deputized to kick that person's ass.

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