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Race Car Driver Injured Brother in Accident at Drag Strip

Posted August 18, 2007 10:34 p.m. EDT
Updated August 19, 2007 10:21 p.m. EDT

— A race car driver injured his brother in an accident at a drag strip in Johnston County on Saturday night.

The brothers were preparing for a legal racing competition at the Dunn-Benson Drag Strip around 7:30 p.m.

Investigators said the vehicle was doing a "burnout," which means the driver was getting the wheels hot for an upcoming race. The car spun out of control, and the driver struck his brother who was standing next to a guardrail.

The brother underwent surgery to his head at WakeMed, troopers said.

He suffered lacerations to his head and a shoulder injury, but was alert and talking to troopers at the hospital Saturday night.

Troopers said they decided not to file charges following an investigation.

Authorities have not released the men's names, per the family's request.