James Campbell Jr., Sprint Car Driver, Dies in Crash in Pennsylvania

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 2015

CANANDAIGUA, NY - AUGUST 10:  The grandstands sit empty at the Canandaigua Motorsports Park on August 10, 2014 in Canandaigua, New York. NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, Tony Stewart hit and killed sprint car driver Kevin Ward Jr. during a dirt track race August 9, after Ward Jr. had exited his car. StewartÕs team announced he will not drive in the Cheez-It 355 At The Glen race.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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James Campbell Jr., a sprint car driver, died Friday night after a crash during the warm-up laps for an event at Williams Grove Speedway in Pennsylvania.

The Associated Press reports Campbell was killed after hitting a wall on the half-mile track during a warm-up lap. The speedway ended the night's racing program after the incident out of respect for the Feasterville, Pennsylvania, resident and his family.

Jillian Sederholm of NBC News noted the accident occurred in the third turn and happened on "Kids Night" at the racetrack. Sprint Car Updates passed along a message likely echoed by many racing fans after the tragedy:

The incident came just one day after Kevin Swindell suffered a significant injury during a qualifying heat at the Knoxville Nationals in Iowa, per Jeff Olson of USA Today. The sprint car flipped and hit a wall before landing back on its wheels, causing the driver to get airlifted to the hospital.

The recent accidents illustrate the dangers involved in motorsport.

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