Engine failure at 300 mph triggered a crash that killed top Funny Car driver Scott Kalitta in June. The New Jersey State Police said investigators determined that “catastrophic mechanical failure” caused a fuel-fired explosion in Kalitta's Toyota Solara during a qualifying race at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in Trenton, N.J. State police said the rear portion of the car's body separated, deploying the damaged parachute system. The car crashed into a pole and a boom truck. The 46-year-old died from multiple injuries during the final round of qualifying for the Lucas Oil NHRA SuperNationals. Kalitta, a Palmetto, Fla., resident, started his career at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park in 1982.
-- The Associated Press