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(ESPN)   NHRA driver Eric Medlin dies from injuries suffered in Monday's crash   (sports.espn.go.com) divider line 28
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2007-03-23 07:48:20 PM  
it's his wife's fault, you know, but eventually his sons will find out. she woulda gotten away with it, too, if it weren't for those Medlin kids.
 
2007-03-23 07:51:57 PM  
Those cars aren't so funny anymore now, are they?
 
2007-03-23 08:03:34 PM  
I wonder where they got the term "Funny Car".. the rail cars look more funny than "Funny Cars"
 
2007-03-23 08:10:28 PM  
Only 4 days? That's pretty pessimistic, anyway, isn't it?
 
2007-03-23 08:14:54 PM  
They were called "funny" cars back in the 60's when they were basically stock-bodied but with radically shortened wheelbases that really did make them look quite funny, like this one and like this one.
 
2007-03-23 08:17:37 PM  
Here is an even shorter-wheelbase car. I think this is one of the 15" shorter-than-stock ones. There were some wild-looking Comets and Fairlanes, too.
 
2007-03-23 11:24:58 PM  
Who's laughing now?
 
2007-03-24 12:50:08 AM  
Good night, funny car driver man.
 
2007-03-24 12:57:41 AM  
Quitter!
 
2007-03-24 01:41:20 AM  
I'm absolutely heartsick reading this one. Eric Medlin was an excellent racer and a genuinely nice guy. We grew up in the same area, raced at many of the same tracks in Division 7 (okay, I only raced in the Supergas class) and my heart goes out to his family and friends.

A freak accident at the track is the second greatest fear for a racer, the greatest fear being driving through traffic to the track.

/goodnight, speedyman
 
2007-03-24 01:47:16 AM  
I hope to christ that the NHRA strips will adopt the SAFER barrier. Lord knows how many people that has/will save on the ovals. And Medlin is proof that some kind of protection is needed.
 
2007-03-24 02:04:58 AM  
Sad indeed. Yup, every racing circuit can benefit from SAFER barriers.
 
2007-03-24 02:24:58 AM  
Guess I'll be the first to point out his name is Eric Medlen, not Medlin.

Back in the early days they used Armco guardrails instead of the concrete barriers. Sounds like a sticking throttle caused this crash to be worse than it should have been.
 
2007-03-24 02:50:02 AM  
Damn, that sucks... Hate to see any race car driver die :(

RIP Eric
 
2007-03-24 03:15:59 AM  
the biggest redneck here: Sad indeed. Yup, every racing circuit can benefit from SAFER barriers.

did you see my thread about that? Link no pop (TF Only)

Silicon Sam: Back in the early days they used Armco guardrails instead of the concrete barriers.

yeah if this was still guardrail days then we would be losing fans in these wrecks (i know this was a testing crash )

hell YouTube has a bunch of NASCAR clips of cars going over the guardrail at Talladega
 
2007-03-24 04:09:03 AM  
wickedj

Only one car has gone over the wall at Talladega,and that was Jimmy Horton in the 1993 DieHard 500. That crash nearly killed Stanley Smith.


But back on topic,it's always sad to see something like this happen,regardless of series.
 
2007-03-24 05:53:20 AM  
I've been in a funk ever since reading this news yesterday afternoon, and my condolences to Eric's family.

Pictures of the wreckage are here if anyone wants to see them. The third picture with the top of the rollcage highlighted - what the hell happened? Did they have to cut him out of the cage, or did it shear part of it off?

Aside from the loss - which is immeasurable - it also brings up a couple of questions about the status quo at John Force Racing:
- Who's going to drive the rest of the season in Eric's stead? It's not like there are a lot of guys with AA/FC licenses around.
- What's John going to do about Ashley getting into her flopper? I can't imagine that he's going to realistically want her behind the wheel - esp. after she hit the wall herself in Gainesville on Sunday.

Really heartbreaking.. The first racer to die from injuries in a crash since Blaine Johnson & Elmer Trett both died at the US Nationals in '96.
 
2007-03-24 08:53:37 AM  
CrackedEgg Actually there was a top fuel driver (Darrell Russel) that died back in 04. Blew a tire at 300 mph.

That said, Medlen was a cool guy. I remember a couple years ago I was at Maple Grove for the race there. Medlen comes out to sign some autographs and I'm there waiting to get one too. About a minute later John Force comes out of his trailer to sign some stuff and all the folks there waiting for Medlen jump over to see John. I stayed and got my shirt signed by Medlen and I got to talk to the guy for a few minutes (he'd won top qualifier). He was just a genuinely nice guy. Sad to see a guy like that die so young.
 
2007-03-24 09:28:28 AM  
DeltaX
Yeah, I remembered Darrell Russell about 10 minutes after I posted that. Naturally, now, I feel like a tool for forgetting him.
 
2007-03-24 12:20:28 PM  
baby jesus must have put his 1999 piece of crap american car in limp mode and needs the tranny rebuilt or find something better. petersen and now this.
 
2007-03-24 01:20:47 PM  
CrackedEgg

The third picture with the top of the rollcage highlighted - what the hell happened? Did they have to cut him out of the cage, or did it shear part of it off?

Of course they'd cut him out. First rule in a suspected spinal injury is to lift the driver straight up out of the car, and not bend him forward in order to come out. Roll bar is cheap, living the rest of your life with paralysis isn't.

People talk about SAFER barriers, but I can't recall the last death from a hard wall. Blaine dies from an opening in the wall, which they've since addressed. Darrell never really touched the wall, Jimmy Nix went over the wall, Elmer just plain fell off his bike.

The concrete walls do their job for the most part and keep the cars on the track. I think in this case they need to rethink the throttle linkage. Perhaps a electronic sensor on the pedal and a servo on the engine with a wire connecting the two. That way there is no mechanical link between the two. No cables or linkage to bind up.
 
2007-03-24 01:38:07 PM  
NEWSFLASH: Driving a car at 300 MPH in UNSAFE and may result in serious bodily injury or death

Look, my heart goes out to this guy and his family, but some of you people are suggesting that it's the NHRA's responsibility to make it safe to drive a car at 300MPH. I agree that the technology is out there, but we're taking about a dare-devil type of sport that is inherently UNSAFE. Every time a driver gets in one of those cars, they are taking a calculated risk. Every once in a while, the law of averages wins and somebody dies. I certainly don't think that Eric Medlin deserved this fate, but that's the choice he made.
 
2007-03-24 02:05:07 PM  
Hector, do the poor guy a favor, and at least spell his name right. Medlen.
 
2007-03-24 03:10:12 PM  
Silicon Sam: People talk about SAFER barriers, but I can't recall the last death from a hard wall.

Adam Petty & Kenny Irwin would like to talk to you about that.
 
2007-03-24 03:22:25 PM  
Dumb Ass Monkey

Adam Petty & Kenny Irwin would like to talk to you about that.

When was the last time they went down the dragstrip? Isn't this what we're talking about here? I see a need for the barrier in NASCAR, not in drag racing. NASCAR drivers stand a far better chance of hitting the wall straight on from a distance, not so much in drag racing. Drag racing doesn't have 100 feet between the pit wall and outer wall.
 
2007-03-24 06:58:48 PM  
"Eric suffered from severe traumatic brain injury with diffuse axonal injury, or DAI," Dr. Joseph Layon,

In other words, he DAI-d.
 
2007-03-24 11:10:07 PM  
theurge14: In other words, he DAI-d.

Thread over!
 
2007-03-25 12:07:43 AM  
Holy shiat! My near-namesake is dead!

/Real name in profile
 
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