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Drag racing community in shock

Updated: June 28, 2004, 2:28 AM ET
By Bill Stephens | ESPN

MADISON, Ill. -- In a tragic turn of events which stunned the NHRA POWERade community, Top Fuel driver Darrell Russell died in a second round accident on Sunday while racing Scott Kalitta at the Sears Craftsman Nationals at Gateway International Raceway outside St. Louis.

It was the first fatality at an NHRA national event since Blaine Johnson was killed at the U.S. Nationals during Top Fuel qualifying in 1996. Racers in all four professional categories somberly completed the event with ...

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