Shelly Howard

By Joel Ellis


The racetrack's version of events varies somewhat from a police report on the accident, but neither seems to suggest the deaths were anything but accidental.

According to the track's statement, Howard was making her third pass of the evening at 10:12 p.m. when the incident occurred.

Her car left the starting line in what appeared to be a problem-free run, the track's statement says.

"After passing the 1/8 mile mark at 201 mph, the dragster began what is referred to as a blow-over," the statement says.

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