Accident claims life of Alcohol Funny Car competitor in Englishtown
Friday, June 11, 2010
Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Neal Parker, 58, from Millville, N.J., crashed Friday at a high rate of speed in the shutdown area during qualifying for the NHRA SuperNationals at Old Bridge Township Raceway Park and was pronounced dead.
NHRA officials and New Jersey state police are investigating the accident.
Prior to the resumption of action, a moment of silence was held and chaplain Larry Smiley of Racers For Christ spoke. NHRA then dedicated the race weekend in Parker's honor.
Parker competed in the IHRA’s Super Eliminator/Pro Outlaw class in the late 1990s, and later made his mark in the IHRA Alcohol Funny Car category by winning an IHRA national event in 2006.
On behalf of everyone at NHRA and Raceway Park, we are deeply saddened and want to pass along our sincere condolences to the entire Parker family.