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Posted: Monday, February 22, 2010 2:38 pm | Updated: 3:37 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Race fans who were present when a woman was killed by a tire that flew off a crashing dragster say they feel safe at the track despite the weekend accident near Chandler.

Woman dies after being hit by NHRA tire

Race fans who were present when a woman was killed by a tire that flew off a crashing dragster say they feel safe at the track despite the weekend accident in near Chandler.

Woman dies after being hit by NHRA tire

Many of the fans who returned to Firebird International Raceway for the NHRA Arizona Nationals on Monday say it was a freak accident that won't stop them from attending.

They also said they hope NHRA officials won't add netting or otherwise restrict how they watch races. Some fans choose to stand about 50 feet from the action, separated from the track by a chest-high wall.

The woman was watching a first-round Top Fuel run Sunday when Antron Brown's Matco Tools/U.S. Army dragster went out of control on the strip and its left rear wheel came off.

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