KENT -- A 60-year-old drag racing driver became the third person to die at an NHRA event this year when he crashed after crossing the finish line during his semifinal heat at the Northwest Nationals in Kent on Sunday.
Mark Niver of Phoenix was competing in the Top Alcohol dragster class in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing series, the top feeder circuit for the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing series.
Niver's death is the second in a month at an NHRA event.
Neal Parker, a 58-year-old from Millville, N.J., died of head injuries after crashing his alcohol-fueled funny car during a qualifying round at the NHRA SuperNationals at a New Jersey raceway in June.
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