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Sheriff: Mom Dies Saving Daughter at Drag Race

Authorities say Jeep went out of control, hit parked car, pushing it into Michigan woman

(Newser) - A family outing to watch drag racing ended tragically in Michigan Sunday morning. The Oceana County Sheriff's Office says Kadie Price, 33, and her family were in the Vehicle Scramble Area of the Silver Lake State Park Sand Dunes in an area known as the "Drag Strip."...

Lamborghini Drivers Decided to Race. It Didn't End Well

Driver of one of the luxury cars is detained by California cops after slamming into innocent victim

(Newser) - The driver of a Lamborghini hit an innocent driver while racing another Lamborghini, sending himself to the hospital, and the police on the hunt for the second Lamborghini driver. KTLA reports that the incident took place around 6:30pm local time on Friday in Murrieta, California, in Riverside County, on...

2 Children Killed in Texas Drag Race
Texas Drag Race
Ends in Tragedy

Texas Drag Race Ends in Tragedy

Two children killed

(Newser) - A driver lost control during a Texas drag racing event on an airport runway and slammed into a crowd of spectators, killing two children and injuring eight other people Saturday, authorities said. A 6-year-old boy and an 8-year-old boy were killed in the crash Saturday afternoon at an event called...

DC Cops Race Each Other, Total Their Patrol Cars


(Newser) - Two police officers in Washington, DC, who are new to the Metropolitan Police Department engaged in a drag race Thursday that ended with both patrol cars totaled. Sources tell Fox 5 DC an email was sent to command staff the following day berating the officers for racing "instead of...

Cops Trap Scores of Suspected Drag Racers in Parking Lot

They deployed spike strips to stop them escaping

(Newser) - The Clayton County Sheriff's Office in Georgia says 88 suspected street racers were arrested early Sunday after they were surrounded in a parking lot—and the only one who got away left his bumper behind. The metro Atlanta law enforcement agency says that after they received reports of drivers...

Doing 'Donuts' May Be to Blame in Crash That Killed 3 Kids

Boy, 11, and 2 teens died in Brooklyn; another teen is fighting for life

(Newser) - Two cars crashed into each other on a runway at Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn's former municipal airport, killing an 11-year-old boy and two teens Saturday night. The 16-year-old male driver of one car, along with an 18-year-old female passenger and her 11-year-old brother, were all killed; the fourth occupant...

For Years, This Was One of Modern Sports' Biggest Secrets
For Years, This Was One of
Modern Sports' Biggest Secrets
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For Years, This Was One of Modern Sports' Biggest Secrets

Drag racing legend Bob Muravez raced under a fake name for years, with help from reporters

(Newser) - In certain circles, 82-year-old Bob Muravez is a legend. The Californian won more than 600 sanctioned drag-racing events in the 1960s and 1970s and became one of his sport's biggest names. But as a story at SB Nation explains, when Muravez is asked for an autograph these days, he...

Downtown Drag Racers Get Life for Murder

"The accused had trivially played with the lives of others," the judge says

(Newser) - Two men involved in a fatal 2016 drag race are going to prison for life after all, Deutsche Welle reports. Identified only as Hamdi H., 28, and Marvin N., 25, they were initially found guilty of murder after hitting and killing a 69-year-old driver during a 2016 race in downtown...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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. "...

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...

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