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Stock car driver dies from crash injuries

May 2, 1997

NEENAH, Wis. (AP) _ A stock car driver died this morning after crashing into a wall during qualifying trials at the Wisconsin International Raceway in Kaukauna.

Jim Pagel, 42, died at about 1 a.m. after surgery at Theda Clark Regional Medical Center, hospital officials said.

Pagel was taken unconscious from the track after his race car hit a wall at a turn during qualifying trials. Pagel crew member Ken DeJardin said Pagel was slumped over as rescuers ran to the car.

Dejardin said it was difficult removing Pagel from the car because his arm was pinned against a roll bar.

Pagel, beginning his sixth season of racing at the half-mile track in Kaukauna, spun out at the end of a two-lap qualifying run.

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