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75-Year-Old Drag Racer Killed on Track

It's the first fatality in 30-year history of event at Sonoma

(Newser) - A sanctioned drag race in California designed to give everyday drivers a chance to show their stuff suffered the first fatality in its 30-year history on Wednesday, reports the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa. The accident happened on Sonoma Raceway's quarter-mile drag strip when a 75-year-old man crashed his... More »

Behold, the World's 'Fastest Production Car'

Dodge's 2018 Challenger SRT Demon is 'a freak in the sheets'

(Newser) - "A lady in the streets, but a freak in the sheets." That's how Dodge is describing its 2018 Challenger SRT Demon. While there are more than a few who'd grin at the double entendre, Dodge says that "sheets" in this case is actually in reference... More »

Fast & Furious All Started Thanks to Magazine Article

And no, the writer isn't raking in the dough

(Newser) - Fan of the Fast & Furious franchise? You have a 1998 magazine article to thank. As the Washington Post explains, Kenneth Li—then a reporter for the New York Daily News—wrote about the world of street racing in Queens for the paper; he later pitched a more in-depth story... More »

Bieber Admits Boozing, Pot, Pills Before Arrest: Cops

Singer arrested on suspicion of DUI, drag racing in Miami Beach

(Newser) - Some of you have been waiting a long time for this news: Justin Bieber was arrested this morning. Bieber—who was driving a rented Lamborghini at the time, NBC Miami reports—was busted on suspicion of drag racing, driving under the influence, and resisting arrest in Miami Beach, according to... More »

Mom and Her 3 Boys Killed Crossing Philly Street

Police believe they were hit by man who was drag racing

(Newser) - Tragedy in Philadelphia, where a mother and her four sons were hit while crossing the street Tuesday night; all but one of the boys died. Two things make the story even worse: Police believe they were hit by two men who were drag racing. Khusen Akhmedov and Ahmen Holloman were... More »

Meet Drag Racing's Unlikeliest Sponsor

Sheik's son has colossal budget, love of motor sports

(Newser) - The biggest name in American drag racing is an unfamiliar one: Sheik Khalid bin Hamad Al-Thani. The 22-year-old son of the emir of Qatar has a deep love of fast cars and even deeper pockets—his new team's budget is estimated at $10 million, reports the Wall Street Journal. "... More »

Funny Car Racer Killed in NHRA Crash

Kalitta's car erupts in flames at 300 mph

(Newser) - Drag racer Scott Kalitta was killed yesterday after his Funny Car burst into flames as it crashed in an NHRA race, AP reports. The Toyota Solara driven by the 46-year-old former Top Fuel champ had been going 300 mph in a race to qualify for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals... More »

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