A drag racer has died as the result of his injuries sustained while competing at the NHRA Division 1 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event at Lebanon Valley Dragstrip in Upstate, New York.

A social media post by his family identified the driver as Newburgh, NY-based Top Sportsman drag racer Bill Janke. He crashed while competing in Sunday's eliminations, which have been postponed until Monday.

NHRA's Division 1 offices issues the following statement on Monday morning.

"The NHRA Northeast Division sends our thoughts and prayers to our racing community and the Janke Family. We ask that you all respect the families privacy while they work through these tough times. There is no need for speculation,blame or negativity. Keep our Lebanon Valley and NHRA first responders and track officials in your prayers as well. If any racer, team member or staff member needs any assistance please reach out to the D-1 Office and we will connect you with the appropriate support group for help. We are all here for each other and all encounters are confidential. GodSpeed Bill."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Janke Family during this painful time.