Driver killed in Thompson Speedway crash

Aug 17, 2007 Full story: Press of Atlantic City

A 33-year-old race car driver from New Jersey has died in a crash involving several cars at the Thompson Motor Speedway. via Press of Atlantic City

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#1 Aug 17, 2007
The below was posted anonymously on a community racing forum. It is with deep sadness that I repost here:

There might not be any 21 Gun Salutes. No Purple Hearts. No Burial at Sea. There will be flags at half mast anywhere there is a modified fan present. Thursday August 16th, 2007 is not a day to celebrate. Not by a long shot. Today is a day that we will all do what we have grown far too accustomed to doing. Saying goodbye.

I am not here to eulogize John. I did not know him personally, and thatís not my place. I am here, like many of us, who are feeling every emotion known to man right now. Not sure what to blame. You canít put blame in times like this. It is just the nature of auto racing. It is so cruel that our sport can be so treacherous at times. It is Such a thing of beauty when all goes right. But as great and as high as our sport can get, it canít begin to touch the lows that we all suffer from at a time like this. At a time like this I wonder why anybody would want to race. Why would anybody want to risk their life for this game of ours. Weíll all be asking that question for quite a while.

I canít begin to write a piece honoring the life of John Blewett III. Iím sure that in the days that follow, others will write words worthy of praise for John. All I can do is join everybody else in our extended modified family and send along our deepest prayers for Johnís Family and Friends.

Please join me in celebrating the life of John Blewett III. I think it would be a great way to honor John by having everybody on all Modified message boards utilizing some sort of John Blewett III avatar. I think that is a good place to start by honoring a man who lost his life by simply doing what we all know and love.

God Speed John, You are already sorely missed.

F DeMarchi Family Conn

Coventry, CT

#2 Aug 17, 2007
We knew John Blewett personally. He was a great person, and a great driver. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family. They are in our prayers and thoughts.
Danielle Blewett-Neff

Manahawkin, NJ

#3 Aug 27, 2007
John is my little brother by 7 years. He always made me proud and I knew his special talent for racing very early in his life. In fact, I wrote a story in college about him and my dream to see him make it to what was Winston Cup at the time. I ran down to the family scrap metal yard to give it to him to show my belief in him and that he could do anything. I think he was about 18 at the time. My personal wish would be to find that story. I never kept a copy of it. Also, no microsoft office type computer programs at the time. I pray he hears me and somehow I get a miracle and it shows up sometime in the future. I never asked much of him in life. To find it would mean the world to me as my heart is broken and I am still dealing with this horrible reality that just doesn't seem real.

New York, NY

#4 Oct 23, 2007
Danielle and family - There are two tributes to John in November's Speedway Illustrated (Pages 14 & 98 and Page 92).

God Bless.

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