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Drag Racing Deaths

Deaths by drag race car crash are listed below. Fatal drag racing accidents at races that occurred on race tracks, due to motor malfunction, driver's carelessness, or could be just bad luck are listed here. The year of these drag car crashes are seen in the discussion column. These deaths have been horrifying and terrifying. There are some pretty big names on this list of drag racing deaths. This is the worst possible thing that can happen when you race, but if you're not careful, it is a consequence.

What are the worst drag racing deaths? Take a look at this list and you'll find out that answer.

  • Blaine Johnson

    Blaine H. Johnson (May 22, 1962 – August 31, 1996) was a professional drag racer. Blaine, along with his lifelong crew chief and brother, Alan, were competitors in the NHRA Top Alcohol Dragster Series, a series which they entered in 1988. Johnson won four championships in that series (1990–1993). He entered the Top Fuel class in 1994 after receiving his competition license for that class prior to the beginning of the season that year. At the time of his death, Johnson held a record 26 NHRA titles in the Alcohol Division, until he was later surpassed by Rick Santos. However, on August 31, 1996 Johnson died from injuries sustained in a crash at the NHRA U.S. Nationals held at the Indianapolis  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 34 (1962-1996)
    • Birthplace: Santa Maria, California
    • Nationality: United States of America
  • Darrell Russell

    Darrell J. Russell (September 20, 1968 – June 27, 2004) was an American National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) drag racer. He was the 2001 NHRA Rookie Of The Year. At the time, he was the third driver to win in his Professional class debut. Before becoming a driver in NHRA's Professional class of Top Fuel Dragster, he competed for several years in NHRA's Sportsman (amateur) class of Top Alcohol Dragster, a slower version of Top Fuel. In four seasons of competition driving Joe Amato's NHRA Top Fuel Dragster, he compiled a record of 106 round wins versus 75 losses. He won six events and was runner-up at 11 others, out of 81 events entered.  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 35 (1968-2004)
    • Nationality: United States of America
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    John Earl Lingenfelter (October 6, 1945 in East Freedom, Pennsylvania – December 25, 2003 in Decatur, Indiana) was an NHRA driver, engineer and tuner. Over his career, Lingenfelter won 13 career national event events in Competition Eliminator and was the first driver in the class to break the six-second quarter-mile barrier. He finished second in the Pro Stock Truck standings in 1998, which was the first year of competition for the now defunct class. His Cavalier had an E.T. of 7.08 seconds. He was the founder of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering (LPE for short) in Decatur, Indiana. LPE is a shop specializing in the modification of GM vehicles such as the F-Bodies (Camaro, Firebird), B  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 58 (1945-2003)
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    Eric Medlen

    Eric Medlen (August 13, 1973 – March 23, 2007) was an NHRA Fuel Funny Car driver. Medlen drove for John Force Racing in 2004, 2005, and 2006, campaigning in the Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang Fuel Funny Car, and in 2007, campaigning in the Auto Club/Pleasant Holiday Ford Mustang Fuel Funny Car. He had a total of 6 career wins. His first win came during his Rookie season in 2004 at Brainerd International Raceway. Medlen was born in Oakdale, CA, the son of John and Mary (Mimi) Medlen and brother of Eryn Medlen. He worked as a mechanic for John Force and past teammate Tony Pedregon for 8 years until Pedregon left to join his brother Cruz's race team. Medlen was moved into Pedregon's Castrol  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1973-2007)
    • Birthplace: Oakdale, California
    • Nationality: United States of America