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NHRA drag racer Bill Janke has passed away

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

NHRA Division 1 drag racer Bill Janke has passed away. No age was provided.

An official cause of death has not been determined yet. However, he succumbed to his injuries following a crash on Sunday at Lebanon Valley Dragway in New York.

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We do not have much information on the crash. However, Janke was an accomplished Top Sportsman racer on the East Coast.

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“I would like to firstly like to thank everyone for there (their) prayers,” his wife Meredith said in a Facebook post following his death. “I’m crying my eyes out posting this. My husband Bill Janke, who I love with all my heart, has gone to heaven today after a horrible car crash that took his (life). He absolutely love(d) drag racing! It was his life and passion.

“Please know that he loved his drag racing family! You were the world to him! I truly loved my husband with all my heart and I really don’t know how I’m going to survive this. We meet on a blind date and feel in (love) instantly. He asked me to marry him 2 months later and married a year later. This August, we would have celebrated 29 years. I can’t image my life without him. I’m sorry for rambling. I just loved him with all my heart. He truly was my lifeline. Once I have made arrangements, I will let everyone know.”

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The NHRA Northeast Divisional was taking place at the track this weekend. This was the final day of the multi-day event.

As of press time, the NHRA Northeast Division has commented on Janke’s death. Their last post on Facebook came on Saturday promoting Sunday’s racing schedule.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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