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Driver killed in crash at Abilene drag strip

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Jon Robert Blackshear, 52, of Breckenridge was killed Saturday in a crash at Big Country Raceway in Abilene.

A driver was killed Saturday in a crash at Big Country Race Way in Abilene.

Jon Robert Blackshear, 52, of Breckenridge "passed away after sustaining injuries during an on-track incident," Big Country Raceway said in a statement to KTXS.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Blackshear's family and friends during this most difficult time."

The track would not release any details about the crash.

A prayer service was held Sunday morning at Big Country Raceway to remember Blackshear. Racing resumed after the service.

Blackshear was a husband, father, hunter and pilot. He worked at Ezell Aviation which restores WWII era planes.

"Jon Blackshear was a devoted Christian, a very talented fabricator, aircraft mechanic, and an experienced pilot." said Chad Ezell. "He is loved and will be missed by his co-workers at Ezell Aviation."

Blackshear is one of two drivers killed in drag races on Saturday. Randy “Rat” Alexander was killed in a crash at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Georgia about an hour northeast of Atlanta.

WARNING: The video may be disturbing to watch

According to Autoweek, the crash happened after Alexander and his opponent, Bob Mandell, crossed the finish line.

Alexander lost control of his ’63 Corvette and "made a hard left after he crossed the finish line at 160 mph."

Mandell - who was going 203 mph at the end of the race, T-boned Alexander’s car. Mandell was not hurt.



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