ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. — Scott Kalitta died Saturday when his Funny Car burst into flames and crashed at the end of the track during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park.
The NHRA said the 46-year-old Kalitta — the 1994 and 1995 Top Fuel season champion who had 18 career victories, 17 in Top Fuel and one in Funny Car — was taken to the Old Bridge division of Raritan Bay Medical Center, where he died a short time later.
Kalitta’s Toyota Solara was traveling at about 300 mph when it burst into flames.
He’s survived by his father, wife Kathy and sons Corey, 14, and Colin, 8.
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Video of explosion and crash.