Fan injured by debris at NHRA race

A spectator attending the NHRA Arizona Nationals was seriously

injured after a crash involving NHRA Top Fuel driver Antron Brown.

The unidentified female was struck by debris at Firebird

International Raceway in Chandler, Ariz., when Brown lost control

of his dragster. She was airlifted to Good Samaritan Hospital,

according to the

Arizona Republic.

Brown, who was racing against driver Troy Buff, lost control

when a rear tire came off his car, sending it into a retaining

wall. Brown was unhurt but was sent to Chandler Medical Center for

further observation, the

Republic said.

“It felt like the back end just dropped out and the car

started pitching end over end,” Brown said, according to

SPEEDTV.com. “At that point, I was upside down, and in my mind,

things were going crazy. I was just hoping I didn’t go into Troy or

into the other lane. The next thing I knew, I hit the wall. I saw a

little burst of flame come around my head, and I saw sparks. The

Safety Safari guy was right there, and the next thing I knew

somebody was trying to help pull me out of the race car.”

NHRA officials are currently investigating the incident, the

Republic said.