Fatal accident at Harrisburg race track

Old Number 1 Speedway, via Google

HARRISBURG, Ark. – A racing event Saturday night in Poinsett County was going as planned until the final race of the night, when man was ejected from a race car and died from the injuries he sustained.

The fatal accident happened Saturday night at the Old No. 1 Speedway in Harrisburg. It was confirmed to NEA Report by Poinsett County Sheriff Kevin Molder.

A source at the scene told NEA Report a passenger in a cruiser car was ejected and the car rolled over on top of him. The sheriff later confirmed this.

David Loftin, 47, of Cave City, was the passenger who was killed. He was transported from the track to St. Bernard’s Medical Center. He was pronounced dead at the hospital, the sheriff said.

It was during the last race of the night, a Cruiser Class Race, Molder added.

Our most sincere condolences are with those who were present, family, and friends.


  1. No way around it the rules need to change to require BOTH the driver and throttle-man wear 5 point harnesses. Right now in most cruiser organizations, it is only a recommendation and not a requirement.

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