COMMERCE, Ga. – NHRA Top Sportsman competitor Randy Alexander died Saturday following a crash during the first round of eliminations for the class at Atlanta Dragway.
Alexander was racing Bob Mandell in his opening round matchup.
According to multiple media outlets, both drivers had crossed the finish line when Alexander’s Wilkerson Racing Engines ’63 Corvette made a hard left out of the right-hand lane.
Alexander’s car came across the track in front of Mandell, who had nowhere to go and T-boned Alexander. It then flipped before landing on the retaining wall in the shutdown area.
“It is with heavy hearts that we report Randy Alexander of Harvest, Ala., passed away at a local hospital after sustaining injuries in an on-track incident at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga.,” read an NHRA statement regarding the crash.
“NHRA and the entire racing community extend their deepest condolences and their prayers to the participant’s family and friends. We also ask that everyone respect the family’s privacy during this difficult time.”
Mandell climbed from his car under his own power after the incident.