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Dirt track car takes flight, injures two pit observers

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Major-media reports on local dirt track racing are like 3 a.m. phone calls -- they're usually not good news. Hopefully this one won't be too problematic, but it was scary while it happened.

A car racing at Big Daddy's Speedbowl in Concord, New Hampshire on Sunday night took to the air and crashed into the pit area. Two men were injured, suffering broken bones and other injuries, but fortunately neither appear to be life-threatening.

Mike Rivers, owner of the facility, estimated that the car was traveling about 80 mph when it hit a wall and subsequently left the ground. He noted that people have stood at that same location watching races for more than 40 years. The track has been open since the mid-1960s; according to its website, it's one of the oldest tracks in New England.

Our best wishes to the injured fans for a quick recovery. And to everyone else -- don't stop going to dirt tracks, but keep your eyes open while there.

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