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Sprint Car Driver Dies at Iowa Racetrack

August 14, 2003

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ A sprint car driver died after an accident during a race at the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa, race promoter Bill McCroskey said Wednesday.

Keith Hutton, 53, of Knoxville, was pronounced dead on arrival at Mahaska County Hospital on Tuesday night, McCroskey said.

The race was sponsored by the Sprint Car Racing Association, which is based in Phoenix, Ariz.

Hutton began racing in his native Australia and moved to Iowa about 10 years ago, according to Ralph Capitani, director of racing at the nearby Knoxville Raceway.

Primarily a mechanic for other drivers, Hutton typically raced three or four times a year, Capitani said.

The accident happened at the Oskaloosa dirt track, which hosts stock car races and runs sprint cars with smaller engines once a week. The $30,000 sprint car race Tuesday was canceled after the accident, and polesitter Sean Walden was declared the winner.

The last driver killed on an Iowa track was Mark Wilson, a sprint car driver from Des Moines, who died during a practice run at Knoxville in April 2001.

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