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Drag Racer Dies When Chute Fails To Open

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. - A drag racing driver ran through a net at the end of a track and died of head injuries after crashing at a "high rate of speed" during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at a New Jersey raceway Friday, state police said.

Neal Parker, 58, of Millville, N.J., crashed at Raceway Park in Old Bridge, state police Sgt. Stephen Jones said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Parker was entered in the Top Alcohol Funny Car competition. The crash occurred shortly before noon.

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