Racer Dies After Crash During Midget Nationals

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KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) - A 34-year-old Kansas driver has died after crashing in a race at Knoxville Raceway in Iowa.

Chad McDaniel of Concordia, Kan., died after striking another car, injuring his head and neck during a U.S. Auto Club Midget Nationals race on Friday night.

Mercy Medical Center spokesman Gregg Lagan says McDaniel was
pronounced dead at the hospital at 12:37 a.m. Saturday.

McDaniel had scored five top-10 finishes in six races this season.

USAC Racing official Kevin Miller says the sport has lost "a passionate racer."

Club officials say McDaniel is survived by his wife, Trisha, and two children.