Bradenton Motorsports Park worker killed in drag race

A 56-year-old man who was trying to help a drag racer into a safe area after the vehicle malfunctioned was killed Friday night at Bradenton Motorsports Park.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the crash that killed Daniel Stone on the trail, located at 21000 State Road 64.

Stone, a drag strip employee, was trying to guide the driver off the track and into the dirt pit at the end of the track after the vehicle malfunctioned, but he was struck and killed, the office of the sheriff.

Friday night’s event was a sponsored drag race and emergency personnel were on hand. According to the sheriff’s office, paramedics immediately responded and attempted to save Stone’s life for approximately 30 minutes. Stone died at the scene.

The National Hot Rod Association will investigate what went wrong with the vehicle.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing further details at this time.

According to the park’s Facebook page, the races were to continue on Saturday.

“Today when you enter BMP be kind and patient. It won’t be easy but together we will get through this and make our boy proud and finish this amazing race,” a Facebook post said on Saturday morning.

The page announced the accident on Friday evening. “We had a tragic accident and we ask that you keep the BMP family in your prayers.”

This story was originally published January 30, 2021 10:16 a.m.

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