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Deadly Crash at Marysville Raceway Park

Two people are dead after a sprint car crashed into the pit at Marysville’s Raceway Park.

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Two Killed in Marysville Raceway Crash IdentifiedYUBA COUNTY-

The two victims of Saturday’s crash at the Marysville Raceway died of blunt-force trauma, the coroner’s office announced Tuesday.

Marcus Johnson, 14, and 68-year-old Dale Wondergem Jr. were killed when a winged sprint car went into the pit area where they were standing. The crash happened during warm-up laps and officials don’t know exactly how fast the car was going.

Johnson’s official cause of death was trauma to the head, chest and abdomen. Wondergem died from trauma to the head and chest.

The driver of the car, Chase Johnson, was uninjured.

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After a scare a few years ago, the All American Speedway in Roseville rebuilt their track — changing the location of the track’s exits and entrances.

“A man almost died. He came off the track, lost control, came through the pits and on to the street,” says John Javidan of the All American Speedway.

No one was hurt, but it was enough of a wake up call to make serious changes at the track.

“We moved the exit strategically so if a driver has mechanical problems, they have time to slow down. It’s safer this way,” says Javidan.

But, just 40 miles away, two pedestrians were killed this weekend at the Marysville Raceway Park. Yuba County Sheriff’s say 17-year-old driver Chase Johnson entered the pit area and continued driving straight.

“A lot of the older tracks were like that, that’s how they were,” Javidan says.

The All American Speedway is a NASCAR sanctioned track and, like many organized sanctions across the country, there are little to no regulations of the placement of exits and entrances on tracks.

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Yuba County Sheriff’s have identified the two pedestrians who were hit and killed Saturday evening at the Marysville Speedway.

During the warmup laps, deputies say 14-year-old Marcus Johnson, cousin of the driver, and 68-year-old Dale Wondergem of Grass Valley were both struck.

The driver, identified by deputies as 17-year-old Chase Johnson of Penngrove, was uninjured.

Deputies say both Johnson and Wondergem were connected to race teams and had a legitimate reason to be in the pit area. It is unknown if Wondergem and Johnson knew each other.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Autopsies on Wondergem and Marcus Johnson will be conducted within a few days to determine their cause of death.

Video posted to YouTube identifies Chase Johnson as the driver of a crash at the Petaluma Speedway in August of 2011. See the video here.

 

MARYSVILLE–

Yuba County Sheriff’s have confirmed that two people were killed after a crash at Marysville’s Raceway Park early Saturday evening.

The two, a 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy, were walking in the pits as a part of a driver’s pit crew when the winged sprint car crashed into them.

At the time, the cars were only doing their warm-up laps.

Witnesses say that the car was traveling about 90 mph when it crashed into the pit.

Steven Blakesley, a witness at the track and a race announcer, said that the 14-year-old was the driver’s cousin. The 68-year-old was the owner of a few cars in the race.

There was immediate help to the victims as the crowd realized the gravity of the crash before them.

“Silent. Eerily silent. There was a focused effort to try and resusitate those two individuals,” Blakesley said about the scene as it unfolded.

The man died at the scene while the teen was taken to the hospital. He was pronounced dead.

An investigation into why the crash happened is on-going. The exact reason why the car lost control isn’t known at this time, although mechanical problems are being looked into. The car has been taken into sheriff’s custody.

“Our thoughts and deepest prayers go out to everyone. Out of respect we will not elaborate on details. We ask everyone to respect each other and the families,” the raceway wrote in a release.

The exact identities of the two killed are not being released at this time. The driver of the car is said to be OK with no injuries.

Cecilio Padilla contributed to this report.

breakingnewsMARYSVILLE–

Linda Fire officials confirm that a crash at the Marysville Raceway Park has injured several people.

There are reports that two people have died, one at the scene and one away, according to Steven Blakesley, a race announcer who was at the scene.

A driver apparently had failure that sent him into the pits at full speed. The first reports of the crash went out just after 6 p.m.

The race has since been canceled.

Authorities confirmed later that two people, a 68-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy, were killed in because of the crash.

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