Man Injured In Terrifying Wrong-Way Crash At Jackson Dragway

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Man Injured In Terrifying Wrong-Way Crash At Jackson Dragway


You can’t make this stuff up.

A man was injured on Saturday night at Tennessee’s Jackson Dragway following a nightmarish on-track, non-racing-related incident that horrified onlookers.

Photo courtesy Will Kinnard

According to eyewitness reports, a man who had been spectating at the track’s Open Outlaw Racing event navigated his white Pontiac Grand Prix onto the 1/8-mile track from the strip’s terminus at around 11:30 p.m., reportedly just missing the slowing machine of Brant Arnold in the shutdown area. Accelerating at an estimated 80 to 85 mph, the man sped toward the starting line, where drivers Chris Mineker, Joe Castellaw, and their crews were preparing to make a pass. The driver, at the last second, swerved and struck the concrete lane dividers that protects the christmas tree head-on.

Thanks to the quick reactions by the track starter to the pair of headlights speeding toward him, those on the starting line were able to scramble to safety, including Tracy Brown, who captured much of the ordeal on camera.

Per a number of sources on the scene based on findings in the vehicle, the driver may have been under the influence. Reports have suggested that two passengers, aware of his intentions, may have bailed out of the vehicle as he navigated through a ditch and around a series of hay bails, although that information has not yet been substantiated. The driver, who was tended to first by medical personnel on the scene and later by emergency medical staff, was flown to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Along his path, the driver struck the timing blocks along the center of the track and the christmas tree, and the damage to the timing system, combined with the clean-up and police investigation, forced the cancellation of the event.

As of Sunday morning, the Madison County Sheriffs Office had not filed an official report. Messages to track owner Scott Wood for a statement this morning were not returned.



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