NASCAR & Auto Racing

Sprint Car driver killed in crash at track in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia - Police were reviewing video footage Monday of a weekend Sprint Car crash that killed a 28-year-old driver at a western Sydney track.

Scott Darley was driving one of the front cars in a 21-lap qualifying race Saturday when his car veered off the track and got airborne before landing on its side and crashing into a concrete wall.

Darley, from western Sydney, was initially trapped in the car, but was freed by firefighters. He died at the scene. Racing was suspended for the night.

Among the 2,000 spectators were Darley's fiancee and father.

Race officials said they were investigating the possibility that the throttle on Darley's car might have become stuck in the open position, leaving him unable to slow as he entered a turn.

Parramatta City Raceway official Dennis Newlyn said it was the first fatality since 1971 in Sprint Car racing in Australia, where there are approximately 120 tracks.