According to an Associated Press report, The Beaver Dam Fire Department was summoned to the Beaver Dam Raceway at approximately 6:00 p.m. after sprint car driver Scott Semmelmann died in a car wreck during the second practice run last night at Beaver Dam Raceway in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Car Series President Steve Sinclair and Beaver Dam Raceway general manager Carolyn Mueller both confirmed the death to the press.
Semmelmann’s vehicle struck another driver’s car, flipped a total of three times before striking the outer concrete wall. The Brookfield driver was making his racing debut for the season driving in the Bumper to Bumper IRA Outlaw Sprint Series.
Beaver Dam authorities confirmed the death of the 47 year-old driver. The police stated: “This incident appears to be (a) tragic accident at this time.”
No further information was provided as the authorities could not officially announce more information at this went to press. Track officials, however, did confirm that there were no other fatalities. The other drivers involved in the car wreck were not seriously injured.
Out of respect for Semmelmann’s family and friends, all of last night’s activities at the raceway were canceled. Both race fans and the drivers were all offered a refund. Track representatives, however, said that many people chose to donate the money to the dead driver’s family rather than actually accept a refund.
The Wisconsin-based Beaver Dam Raceway is specifically a 0.33-mile clay oval track located nearly 75 minutes northwest of the city of Milwaukee. According to Mueller there has not been an on-track fatality there since the raceway was re-opened back in 1993.
This is, however, the second related driver fatality in the past two months. Driver Kevin Ward Jr. died in another sprint car race at a dirt track in New York last month. He was hit by a car driven by NASCAR driver Tony Stewart after exiting his vehicle.
Sprint Series Driver Dies In Car Crash