650823 TDC Milner fatality
I ft .- Phil Miner Dies f In Drag Crackup PHOENIX -- (Special) -- Phil Miner, whose drag days began when he was old enough to wash parts, died -- night at Phoenix International Raceway. The 17-year-old Tucsonian was killed when the Valley Parts dragster, a' Phoenix-owned car that he was driving, left the ,track and flipped n^ar the end of a 160 : mile per hour Â· run. Â·Â£ Cause of the accident is still undetermined, although Red vGreth--in whose Tucson garage Miner began to learn about I the high-powered machines--said that a teardown of the * engine could shed some light, "We don't know whether he was blinded by oil, had Â· ; stuck throttle or just got into trouble and panicked," said .Greth. Â» "We had told him to just take it easy and shut the car ..off half way down the line. Just before the start, the car sounded like it was idling real fast, so there may have something wrong mechanically." Bob Huff, co-manager of PIR, was near the end of the jvhen the accident happened. He said., that the engine was roaring during the first couple of cartwheels, lending strength to the stucJc-throttre possibility. Miner, 3007 E. 2Ist St., was to be a senior next year /Tucson High School. He Is survived by his mother, Mrs. E. Miner, two brothers and two sisters. , , -He was the third driver to be killed in racing accidents *i PIR In the two years the track has been opened; ; This.was only the second or third time that Miner driven one of the big Class AA fuel dragsters, although had competed In smaller street-roadster competition often at Tucaon Dragway.