Area Speed Car Enthusiasts React to Drag Racing Tragedy

By: Brad Broders
By: Brad Broders

Rockford Racecraft owner Guy Reffett was devastated when he found out drivers turned a recreational hobby into reckless homicide.

"When I heard about it, it makes you realize how tragic and senseless it is for that kind of accident. There's really no excuse for that kind of activity on the street," Reffett said.

Reffett's company assists car lovers in giving vehicles more power, faster pickup and smoother transmission. He says the vast majority of drivers tailor their rides for legal raceways, not reckless residential racing.

"You have to resist the temptation, and there are places you can go. It's just not worth it. You may be able to get away with it but the risks and the odds just aren't worth it," Reffett said.

Reffett says two area dragways in Byron, and Union Grove, Wisconsin, give drivers a legal and legitimate place to rev up their engines, and not risk innocent lives.

"There are rescue crews on hand, EMTs, fire crews with extinguishers. It's an environment where its very unusual for accidents to happen," Reffett said.

And in wake of Thursday's collision, Reffett urges drivers to be smart on the roadways and avoid speed-filled urges which potentially could turn to tragedy.

"To beat the guy next to you to the next stoplight just isn't worth your life, or someone else's life, or best case scenario, losing your license.

It’s a lesson sadly still ringing true after a risky, brief stunt leaves one family in emotional shambles.


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