Wisconsin driver killed in wreck, 3rd short track fatality in less than 2 months

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Less than a week after a track flagman was killed at a Florida short track, a Wisconsin sprint car driver was killed following a wreck on Saturday night.

According to the Milwaukee Journal, sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann, 47, of Brookfield, Wisc., died after being involved in a wreck during practice at Beaver Dam Raceway, about 75 miles northwest of Milwaukee.

Semmelmann’s car reportedly made contact with another car during a second practice session in preparation for that evening’s main event.

Semmelmann’s car went out of control, flipped several times and slammed into an outside retaining wall.

It was Semmelmann’s first race appearance of the season, officials said. Officials cancelled the rest of the evening’s racing.

While Beaver Falls (Wisc.) police did not release Semmelmann’s identity, racetrack general manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series president Steve Sinclair confirmed the death, according to The Associated Press.

A police statement said, ”This incident appears to be (a) tragic accident at this time.”

Beaver Dam Raceway is a one-third mile clay oval. Semmelmann was the first on-track fatality there since it reopened in 1993, according to the AP.

Semmelmann is the third person killed on a short track in the last 1-½ months. Kevin Ward Jr. was killed when struck by a sprint car driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart Aug. 9 at a dirt track in upstate New York.

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Last Sunday, track flagman and race official Buddy Jack Howell was killed when struck by an out of control race truck at Bronson (Fla.) Speedway.

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