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Death in the afternoon

It is, surely, a racing promoter's worse nightmare.

But as tragic as what happened immediately after the suspension of the NASCAR race at Pocono was Sunday, it's hard to see it as anything other than unavoidable. Race officials made numerous announcements as the storm approached, strongly urging fans to evacuate the grandstands immediately. They even sent out warnings to their 22,000 Twitter followers.

But the storm, and the lightning with it, hit so suddenly it would have been impossible to get everyone out of its path. The man who was killed was, after all, either already in his car or getting into it when the bolt apparently struck his vehicle.

Who do you blame about that?

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