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Accident at March Meet

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by hot rod wille, Mar 8, 2008.

  1. hot rod wille
    Joined: Oct 27, 2005
    Posts: 695

    hot rod wille

    Just saw on the Bakersfield news that T/F driver John Shoemaker died in an accident in qualifing at the March Meet--ran off the end of the track? Any more info?
  2. thirty7slammed
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 886

    from earth

    Looked on net, didn't see anything about it, hope it's not true.
  3. Russco
    Joined: Nov 27, 2005
    Posts: 4,196

    from Central IL

  4. Hip
    Joined: Jan 3, 2003
    Posts: 848


    Just talked to "Scott" , and he confirmed That he saw it , and it is true. What a shame, and prayers go out to the family.:(

  5. sho1off
    Joined: Sep 7, 2007
    Posts: 392

    from Buffalo MN

    his throttle stuck, he went off the end of the track
    Here is an update on &#8216;John Schumacher&#8217; (Per Jim Murphy) [not Tony &#8211; I apologize for the wrong information]. He did not survive the crash. We did not know him not do we know anything about his family except that they certainly need prayers during this difficult time! <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:eek:ffice:eek:ffice" /><o:p></o:p>
  6. thirty7slammed
    Joined: Sep 1, 2007
    Posts: 886

    from earth

    Bad news indeed, thoughts and prayers to the Shoemaker family. R.I.P. John
  7. flathead31coupe
    Joined: Mar 23, 2006
    Posts: 1,596

    from indpls, in

    wow prayers go out to the family......
  8. Dat Dirty Rat
    Joined: Jan 15, 2003
    Posts: 3,504

    Dat Dirty Rat

    Damn...sad news indeed....RIP
  9. PoopStain06
    Joined: Sep 1, 2006
    Posts: 535

    from SoCal

    R.I.P. old man...
  10. G V Gordon
    Joined: Oct 29, 2002
    Posts: 5,707

    G V Gordon
    from Enid OK

    First and foremost prayers out to family and friends.

    Anyone who has ever strapped into a race car knows there are risks that go with racing. It gets underplayed sometimes, I know I have been lucky a few times in my 59 years.

    We lost a couple of ledgends in Boyd and Lil John in the past week to illness and it is sad to see a loved one suffer and waste away. It makes me think that someone who goes out, doing what they love, flat out, living life right up to the end may be the lucky one.

    Gods Speed and R.I.P.
  11. Terrible news..

    RIP John
  12. I'll confirm the news.

    I just got back from the track. My buddy Steve Glucoft from AMOCAT (ironbuyer here on the HAMB) is partners in the car, and is on the pit crew. I made my way over to the pit after the accident.

    John ran a 6.11 at 247 on the run and beat the other car he was up against, but the safety safari said he was slumped over at the wheel at the 1,000 foot mark. the car ran straight and true. Unfortunately John was out of it by the end of the track and never lifted. never pulled the chute.

    RIP John.
  13. sanmartin72
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 274


    They airlifted him out and we thought he was hurt really bad We were at the between the last stand and the swapmeet and the throttle was pegged!

    My condolences to the family and friends,

    and everyone else that is running

    keep safe

  14. Royalshifter
    Joined: May 29, 2005
    Posts: 15,514

    from California

    Man I do not like hearing about any accidents.....but to be killed is aweful.....prayers go out to his family.
  15. RIP. See ya at the Top End.
  16. Bel Air Sugar
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 16

    Bel Air Sugar

    Thats Horrible. My love and condolences to his family.
  17. Oh Man!!! So it wasn't a mechanical issue?
  18. redlinetoys
    Joined: May 18, 2004
    Posts: 4,300

    from Midwest

    Sorry to hear this. Prayers to all involved.
  19. bigken
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
    Posts: 2,788


    WOW - that is awefull. His family is in my prayers and thoughts. "Slumped over the wheel at the 1000 ft. mark." He might not have felt a thing.
  20. RatBone
    Joined: Sep 15, 2006
    Posts: 660


    ya Willie me and Sam were there and excited to see him run and we saw him just keep flying at the end, we thought the chute malfunctioned. I had just told Sam how sad it was that we lost Roy Moore there and then this happens. Sad day.
  21. Bumpstick
    Joined: Sep 10, 2002
    Posts: 1,372


    Sad indeed. I never saw his chute open and knew something was wrong then a huge cloud of dust came up. Found out he passed just as I was leaving the track. Prayers to his family. He went out doing what he loved. I hope I'm that lucky. -stick
  22. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,912

    dirty old man
    Member Emeritus

    My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family and loved ones. BUT, when I go, l Hope it's the same way, doing something I lived and loved rather than a long, drawn out, debilitating illness that tortures everybody, you and those who love you, for months on end. And believe me, at the age of 70 now, thoughts of mortality do cross your mind, and you hope for the same type of exit from this world.
    I've had friends and loved ones go both ways, and believe me, John got the best deal.
  23. Scott
    Joined: Dec 23, 2004
    Posts: 2,740


    Just got home. Didn't know what happened at the time, just that he accelerated through the finish line. no chute. Condolences to his family, friends and fellow racers. These guys risk their necks and put on a great show. I'll lift a beer for him right now..
  24. tmacracin
    Joined: Aug 23, 2007
    Posts: 825


    RIP John

    He was one of the best blown alcohol racers and chassis builders around!

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  25. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
    Posts: 3,293

    Member Emeritus

    RIP that`s the best way to die I can think of !
    launch in this world pass thru the pearly gates half track.
  26. stude_trucks
    Joined: Sep 13, 2007
    Posts: 4,755


    Damn, that sounds sad, but if he did pass out before he crossed the finish line, that is an unbelievable way to go - and to win the race too - unreal. Going flat out, a winner till the very end. I never knew him, but feel sorry for his family and their loss - condolences.
  27. racer756
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 1,425


    RIP- John was always a class act and a fun guy. His American Eagle dragsters were always first class. May his family find comfort in knowing he died while doing what he loved. He will be missed.
  28. Brandy
    Joined: Dec 23, 2004
    Posts: 5,286

    from Texas

    Slumped over the wheel, didn't pull chute?

    Sounds like he had a heart attack and it took him down. Then the crash took him out.

    Sad day indeed. Nothing worse then an accident doing something you love...............but what a hell of a way to go. I'd rather die doing something I loved, then suffer with cancer for years.

    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,467


    this is a sad day for us as we are fellow racers on the 1/4 mile circuit and to hear this is just gut wrenching,,,,

    our thoughts and prayer go out to the family and friends
  30. Mazooma1
    Joined: Jun 5, 2007
    Posts: 13,598


    I just got home from the track.
    Tragic way to end what was starting out as a wonderful day at the races.

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