Drag racer has close call

By: Diane Cho Email
By: Diane Cho Email

News 12 at 6 o'clock, July 20, 2007.

Jackson, SC---A drag racer has a close call early Friday morning after he crashes his car. It happened just after midnight last during the last run of the one-eighth of a mile race at the Carolina Dragway in Jackson.

Every Thursday night at the Carolina Dragway drivers rev up their engines. But as seen in this video caught by a spectator of the race, the driver of the Mustang on the far right loses control after he tops out in speeds over 130 miles an hour. Reportedly the driver was taken to MCG with minor cuts and scrapes.

But co-owner of the drag race, Jeff Miles says crashes like this are not uncommon in drag racing, happening about once every two months at the strip in Jackson. "I wish we'd never have an incident at all but you're gonna have them," he said.

On average: about 200 drivers race every Thursday night with each driver racing two or three times. "We average 650 runs a week and to have one wreck every couple months I'd say that isn't bad. If this happened on the street it would've been catastrophic," he said.

That's because the dragstrip is sanctioned by the International Hot Rod Association that makes drivers comply with strict safety requirements. But as the need for speed continues to grow Miles says it's the safest way to keep kids from doing it illegally on the streets. "Everyone wants to go fast that's why police write as many tickets as they do, this is a place where people can do it safely," he said.

At the Carolina Dragway, Miles say all of his employees are certified both as a firefighter and paramedic and he employs one paramedic full-time at the races.


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  • by Heather Meadows, News 12 Web Producer Location: North Augusta, SC on Jul 30, 2007 at 07:10 AM
    Hi weasel,

    Sorry your comment didn't get posted over the weekend. I check the comments during business hours when I'm at the station.

    I don't know why the video wasn't added to this story. Usually it gets put in, but somehow this time it was overlooked. I apologize for the inconvenience.

    The video link has now been added to the story.

    If you want to see the original video, click here.

  • by weasel16_2get8 Location: New Ellenton on Jul 29, 2007 at 09:34 PM
    Oh, you couldn't post my last comment about not being able to figure out how to get the **** thing to play huh. Well work on it!!!!!
  • by weasel16_2get8 Location: New Ellenton,SC on Jul 29, 2007 at 03:40 PM
    Why don't ya'll fix this thing so it works right.I have seen it yet..Why don't you put something in the middle somewhere,that says to play video,,click here...why in the hell to hunt for it...
  • by crystal Location: hephzibah on Jul 23, 2007 at 07:30 PM
    i was there prior to this and i'm a drag racing fan! i have seen many of these cars flip, blow up and catch on fire and it's all just a part of the game! lol I'TS GREAT...I LOVE EVERY DAMN BIT OF IT!!!
  • by Manda Location: Wrens on Jul 23, 2007 at 10:05 AM
    Andre when u clicked to get 2 dis story on your right there is a video section, scroll down dat and you'll see Drag racer has close call (Click on dat). Anyways I was there that Thursday night and it was horrible. That is my uncle & aunt's racecar in the inside lane. That's my worst fear when i'm at the track that someone is going to lose their life. Racecar drivers be more careful. Our prayers go out to Phatz and his family, we're glad it wasn't worst. God bless
  • by andrew Location: thomas on Jul 21, 2007 at 07:14 PM
    But as seen in this video caught by a spectator of the race, the driver of the Mustang on the far right loses control after he tops out in speeds over 130 miles an hour. Reportedly the driver was taken to MCG with minor cuts and scrapes. What video??
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