Driver killed in car race on runway at Sierra Nevada airport

A man racing his Jeep on the runway of a Sierra Nevada airport was killed when he flipped the vehicle.

Nathan Henson, 46, of Oakdale, was participating around 6:45 p.m. Friday in an event during which drivers could drag-race on a closed course at the Columbia Airport.

He was driving a Jeep CJ-5 in a one-on-one competition when he lost control, according to the Tuolumne County sheriff’s office. The Jeep rolled over multiple times.

Henson was pronounced dead at the scene. His Jeep didn’t hit anything, and nobody else was injured, the sheriff’s report said.

The Columbia Airport, in the Sierra’s western foothills, has a 1,500-yard runway. The racing was a preliminary event to the Father’s Day Fly-in, a weekend of activities for pilots and plane enthusiasts.

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