Easley man killed in dragstrip accident

By Jason Evans
Staff Reporter

LAURENS COUNTY — An Easley man was killed Saturday night in an accident during a race at the Ware Shoals Dragway.

Laurens County coroner Nick Nichols identified the deceased as Anthony Craig Owen, 38, of Easley.

Owen was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, according to the Associated Press.

Videos shot by eyewitnesses show Owen’s vehicle leaving the track, flipping several times and landing atop several vehicles along the track.

Another man was seriously injured and a child was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to reports.

The Greenwood Index-Journal reported that a GoFundMe campaign has been set up for Jason Kelly, the man injured in the accident.

“He’s alive but has a long road to recovery ahead of him,” wrote Beverly Swartzentruber Kelly, the man’s sister-in-law.

The fundraising campaign had raised more than $2,500 of its $50,000 goal on Tuesday and can be found by searching “Jason Kelly” on

The Ware Shoals Dragway donated proceeds from Saturday’s race to Owen’s family, according to reports. A race to be held Sept. 11 at the Union County Dragway will also raise funds, WYFF 4 reported.

Proceeds from a Hot Rods and Happy Hour cruise-in later this month will go to Owen’s wife, organizers say.

The event will be held from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Ruby Tuesday at 1113 Woodruff Road in Greenville. “In Memory” decals will be available at the event. Donations will also be accepted.