Racer dies at local track


Tim Hay lines up for his final pass 8-21-2010 Photo: Denis Currier

Doing in life what you love makes living life all the better. So when drag racing’s Tim Hay lined up for his pass in the finals round, at Eddyville Raceway Park, the most recent stop on the World Fuel Altered Nationals, no one would even imagine this would be “the final pass”. Reports of the accident scene report that shortly after coming off the line, he lost control and went into the guard rail. Even with all the rescue efforts Hay had passed away.

With what seems to be a tragic year for drag racing as a sport, with the loss of other drivers this year. Safety concerns about drivers and spectators will most likely start to gain traction. But when you consider how long the Eddyville track has operated without such a tragic event, the care of those that build the cars, and the safety workers, and track officials is evident. So after 50 years of safe racing, this is indeed a shock to the community.

From the reaction of the crowd, and the support they showed to the family immediately following the accident, it’s very evident that Tim will be missed. He leaves behind his wife Cindy, 2 sons Shawn and TJ, a daughter Kristen and 2 granddaughters. You can see more of his career at a recent tribute page. Funeral arrangements and a possible memorial fund have not been released yet.

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2 Comments for “Racer dies at local track”

  1. […] Racer dies at local track- August 24th […]

  2. […] the country to take on the best of the best. It’s a dangerous sport, as was evidenced by the tragic loss of Tim Hay at last years event. So this years event started off with Tim on the minds of many of the racers and spectators […]

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