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    R.i.p. Eric Medlen

    Sorry to say Top Fuel Funny Car driver Eric Medlen died today from a crash he had on Mon. in Gainsville testing for the Nationals this weekend.......

    He had a tire blow out and it put him into the wall head on at well over 250mph.

    It is a major blow to the Force Team and all the NHRA teams....... This weekends event will have a VERY bad cloud over it!!!

    R.I.P. ERIC MEDLEN 1973-2007

    My prayers and thoughts will be with his family.......


    http://www.nhra.com/content/news/19197.htm

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    Here's a really cool pic of him and his father John one of my friends just emailed me. His dad crew chiefed for Forces teams.
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    Damn i didn't even know that... JFR is my favorite team in drag racing 2... That freaking sucks!

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    no kidding that sucks. kinda looking forward to seen him when i go to the southern nationals in april! it will be my boys first time.

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    Yes him and his father were ALWAYS VERY nice down to earth people.
    Everytime I talked with them in the pits they talked to me not just blowing you off like others.
    It is a GREAT loss........ The last time I remember a TopFuel driver dying is Blain Johnson in 1996 at the US Nationals in INDY............ I was there and it looked bad!!! That was a bad race for NHRA there was a 2 deadly accidents. A Pro motorcycle went down on the top end killing the rider also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LS2Tuner View Post
    Yes him and his father were ALWAYS VERY nice down to earth people.
    Everytime I talked with them in the pits they talked to me not just blowing you off like others.
    It is a GREAT loss........ The last time I remember a TopFuel driver dying is Blain Johnson in 1996 at the US Nationals in INDY............ I was there and it looked bad!!! That was a bad race for NHRA there was a 2 deadly accidents. A Pro motorcycle went down on the top end killing the rider also.
    Yeah but dont forget about Darrell Russell. He was killed either last year or the year before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GotN2O View Post
    Yeah but dont forget about Darrell Russell. He was killed either last year or the year before.
    Yeah that's right he died on June 24 2004 at the race in St. Louis.
    I forgot it wasn't in my mind like Blaine's accident since I was there.
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    Damn hard to believe its almost been 3 years.

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    Eric was "only" doing 125-175 when he brushed the wall. It was MAJOR tire shake/oscilliation that did him in. Afetr 40+years, the ONLY other time I saw it happen was in the 70's at OCIR. I was wrenching on John Loper's "Little Hoss" FC. The last TF dragster went down ahead of us, MAJOR tire shake, coasted through and went into the sand. A few days later, he died from "severe brain lacerations". SORRY, I can't remember his name. After all these years, some spent with the "Safety Safari" (anybody want a perfect Winston Safety Safari golf shirt????) I've seen several drivers so dis-oriented that they tried to walk back down the track.

    Quote Originally Posted by LS2Tuner View Post
    Sorry to say Top Fuel Funny Car driver Eric Medlen died today from a crash he had on Mon. in Gainsville testing for the Nationals this weekend.......

    He had a tire blow out and it put him into the wall head on at well over 250mph.

    It is a major blow to the Force Team and all the NHRA teams....... This weekends event will have a VERY bad cloud over it!!!

    R.I.P. ERIC MEDLEN 1973-2007

    My prayers and thoughts will be with his family.......


    http://www.nhra.com/content/news/19197.htm

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