FWTV: Top Truck Challenge XIV Part 4
Four Wheeler TV Season 3: Episode 6
Continued Series. Part 4. The 14th annual Top Truck Challenge. The
conclusion to coverage of the 14th annual Top Truck Challenge from
Hollister Hills. The Tank Trap is notorious for damaging all vehicles who
enter it, and the teams remaining must face it head on. Only one team will
win the coveted Four Wheler magazine trophy.
Eyewitness-1971 Jet Car Crash Dallas International Motor Speedway
For full version of story go to my blog at:
My memories of the day: There had been showers that morning and the sky
was still a dull gray when I arrived at the Dallas International Motor
Speedway. I was working part time for KTVT Channel 11 in Ft. Worth and had
been assigned to shoot Art Arfons' 280-mph jet-powered dragster as he tried
to better the world quarter mile land speed record. His new two seat "Super
Cyclops" was scheduled to make 3 runs, the first, with a WFAA-TV news man.
As the car approached the line I pressed the shutter release. The ground
was shaking and the sound was painful but even after hearing the incredible
roar from the roll up I wasn't prepared when the Super Cyclops blasted into
that quarter mile run. It parted my hair! The first thought in my mind was,
there's no way I'd get in that car... My God, it could go straight up as
easily as forward. I stayed with the shot, following the jet down the
asphalt for the 6.01 seconds it took to reach the finish line and then
beyond. The jet shut down and immediately there was the blue smoke of
skidding rubber and wreckage flying. Then, farther down the strip, a column
of smoke. I jumped through a break in the guardrail, and ran toward the
As I got nearer I rolled film on a man who was crying and I asked if he was
OK? He couldn't speak but gestured to a pile of debris down the track. As I
ran closer I began to see it was a human torso scattered among several
other body parts. After reaching a little over 183 MPH the dragster had
blown a tire, spun 180 degrees and slammed through the guardrail on Thomas'
side, striking a track worker with such force that it propelled him into
another worker killing him as well. The carnage was overwhelming but I shot
the scene as best as I could playing down the grim details I knew would
never air anyway. I had shot all 100 feet of film but had another tin in my
pocket as I and a young still photographer started to run the several
hundred feet farther down the track to the burning jet car wreckage.
As we ran a car pulled in front of us, blocking our way, and several large
security guys jumped out and backed us into a retaining wall. One of the
men demanded we give him our cameras and to my surprise the young still
photographer complied. The man immediately opened the back, pulled out the
film and exposed it to the light. Although I was out of film I had
pretended to shoot the man as soon as he got out of the car and was still
doing so when he turned to me. The Bell and Howell's handy leather strap
made it a pretty good club as I backed against the wall and raised the
camera above my head. "I'm dropping the first guy that touches me", I
warned. I wasn't the biggest guy in that group but I sure wasn't the
littlest either. I was going to be a lot more trouble than that young guy
with the still camera. They didn't come any closer and I agreed to stop
taking pictures of them as more people arrived on the scene to see what was
going on. A truce of sorts was worked out when the security man contacted
the control tower about the situation. He talked in front of me on the
radio to a supervisor who told them not to touch me or the camera and
politely asked me to return to the tower with them. I agreed.
In the office I was met by Mike Landess who was working part time at WFAA
and freelancing as PR for the track. There were several other people in the
room who seemed to be speedway officials. They didn't demand the film but
wanted to talk to my boss at Channel 11 and I gave them the number. I heard
the conversation as they threatened to sue the station if we showed
anything inappropriate. After several minutes they handed the phone to me
and I was told to get shots of the wrecked car and then get back to the
station with the film as quick as possible. The security people took me
back to the crash site and I got my final shots. The story aired that night
and the station never was sued.
Not long after the crash I was filming an interview with Harry Reasoner,
then of ABC, at the Dallas Press Club when I ran into Travis Lynn, the news
director at WFAA-TV. I'd been making the rounds of all the TV stations that
summer trying to move up the news ladder, so Travis knew who I was. He
complimented my work on the jet car crash and offered me a job at channel
8. This after telling me just a few weeks earlier that I needed more
experience. I worked there for three years often with Mike Landess who I
met at the track office and later worked with at KBTV. He's now an
anchorman at KMGH in Denver.
So that's how it happened, my first TV news job in a major market. Although
I took his picture, I never met, Ch 8's, Gene Thomas but his career ended
the day mine really began. Life and death... My, how we blunder along. In
the news business you're confronted with that over and over. After awhile
you begin to see it's just part of the story.
Dale's Crash part 2, including onboard camera view
Dale's last ride, including the onboard camera view, which I believe is not
shown anymore. Unfortunately, since there has been so much childish
bickering, swearing and name calling, I've disabled the ability to leave
comments, which is not something I like to do.
POV test drive: Dale Earnhardt NASCAR on public roads
http://www.POVtestdrive.com - What is it like to drive a Dale Earnhardt
Nascar through the streets of Tampa Bay? Go through a drive thru, terrorize
the mall security, and finish up at the police station. All with a barely
dressed female riding shotgun. Yep, that's a good POV test drive.
Special thanks to Nicodemus, Inc.
See more videos of this shoot by visiting YouTube channel:
2000 Winston 500
NASCAR Winston Cup race number 30 of 34
October 15, 2000 at Talladega Superspeedway, Talladega, AL
188 laps on a 2.660 mile paved track (500.1 miles)
Time of race: 3:01:06
Average Speed: 165.681 mph
Pole Speed: 190.279 mph Cautions: 3 for 13 laps
Margin of Victory: 0.119 sec
1:10:00 #01 Dave Marcus engine
1:18:35 #02 Ward Burton tire
1:54:40 #03 Bobby Hamilton & Mark Martin crash
2:13:45 Last lap crash/finish
Hate him all ya want. Still a human beeing doing what he loved!
Please show more respect?
And he died of a basilar skull fracture.
He cracked the base of the skull leaking cerebral fluid. That alone isn't
an instant kill, but he also broke his neck in addition, so . . .
Use seatbelts! and HANS devices
Uncensored Radio Chatter From Richmond (September) 2011
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0:06 - Kurt Busch pissed.
0:47 - Clint Bowyer pissed.
2:30 - Travis Kvapil's spotter pissed.
2:49 - Brad Keselowski upset.
3:02 - Clint Bowyer pissed.
4:02 - Kurt Busch pissed.
4:16 - Chad Knaus upset.
4:49 - Kurt Busch pissed.