BEAVER DAM -
Sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann was killed in a wreck during
practice for a race Saturday night at Beaver Dam Raceway.
Raceway general manager Carolyn Mueller and Bumper to Bumper IRA
Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair confirmed the
police later confirmed that a 47-year-old driver was killed, but
did not provide a name.
car made contact with another car during the second practice
session, flipped three times and hit the outside concrete wall.
The 47-year-old Semmelmann, from Brookfield, was racing for the
first time this season.
incident appears to be (a) tragic accident at this time,"
the police statement said.
The race was
Raceway is a 0.33-mile clay oval about 75 minutes northwest of
Milwaukee. Mueller said it was the first on-track fatality at
the track since the facility re-opened in 1993.
Kevin Ward Jr. was killed in a sprint car race at a dirt track
in upstate New York when he left his car and was struck by a car
driven by NASCAR star Tony Stewart.
at Beaver Dam track from Brookfield
— Police have impounded the race car of the driver killed at
Beaver Dam Raceway over the weekend.
investigators say the death of Scott Semmelmann appears to be
nothing more than a tragic accident. The 47-year-old driver
from Brookfield was killed during warm up laps at the
racetrack Saturday night. The car apparently clipped another
one, flipped and skidded into a concrete wall.
Police Chief John Kreuziger tells WKOW-TV (http://bit.ly/1sh86oO
) the large crowd at the track that night helped investigators
piece together what happened.