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July 6, 2010

Man dies after racing accident

By Jake Palmateer
Staff Writer

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A Madison County man died Sunday after he was thrown 300 feet from his modified snowmobile at an Onondaga County drag racing facility.

Chad Wilcox, 24, was racing at the ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip in Cicero, a suburb of Syracuse, when his snowmobile crashed into a guardrail at about 160 mph, according to Onondaga deputies.

The snowmobile was modified to allow it to race on asphalt.

Wilcox was pronounced dead at the track, deputies said.

Wilcox lived across the Otsego County line in the Madison County town of Brookfield, according to the street address provided by deputies.

He was a 2003 graduate of Brookfield Central School, according to his cousin Scott Wilcox, who said Chad comes from a big family.

"He was a good kid," Wilcox said.

Wilcox said his cousin worked at Trackside Napa near Sherrill and was at the dragstrip with his father, James Wilcox.

"It was a new snowmobile they were trying," he said.

Wilcox said he did not yet know what the funeral arrangements were.

Chad Wilcox is the son of James and Lynette Wilcox, and has two brothers, Matt and Brad.

Scott Wilcox said his cousin was also engaged.

No further information was available from the Onondaga County Sheriff's Office on Monday.

The ESTA Safety Park Dragstrip hosts drag racing events for cars, trucks, motorcycles and snowmobiles from April to October. It was founded in 1960, according to its website, where fans and drag racers posted their condolences to the Wilcox family.

The crash is under investigation, deputies said.