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Race car driver dies in crash at Noble track

Jerry Vanderpool, an experienced race car driver, died Friday in a crash at Thunder Valley Raceway Park in Noble. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and National Hot Rod Association are investigating.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: March 24, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: March 24, 2012
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— A longtime race car driver was killed Friday in a wreck at the Thunder Valley Raceway Park.

Full details of the crash weren't available Saturday, but a Facebook page post identified the victim as Jerry Vanderpool.

“He had raced with us for a number of years. It was his passion,” said Marcia Crook, general manager of the track.

“He was just a wonderful racer and the racing community is rather close-knit, so it's been rather devastating for everyone involved,” she said.

Crook said the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and National Hot Rod Association are investigating the single-vehicle crash.

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