West Ada

Man killed in accident at Firebird Raceway identified as Dan Barton

Racers at the 2014 Fox Hunt at Firebird Raceway.
Racers at the 2014 Fox Hunt at Firebird Raceway. Idaho Statesman file

Dan Barton has been identified as the man fatally injured by a heavy trailer door in a loading area for racers at Firebird Raceway, according to the Ada County Coroner’s Office.

Barton, 65, of Post Falls, died of blunt force trauma at the Firebird Raceway on Friday.

Police and other emergency crews were dispatched to Firebird Raceway for a traumatic injury, and an air ambulance was called but reportedly did not transport Barton.

Firebird is a longtime drag racing track on Idaho 16 between Eagle and Emmett. The raceway is preparing for this weekend’s Ignitor, the 47th annual, which starts Friday.

Scott New, Firebird Raceway general manager, issued a statement Friday evening with the results of that day’s winners.

“On behalf of the racing community, NHRA and New family express their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the particpant who passed away following an accident unloading the race car,” New wrote in an email.