Racetrack faces negligence suit

Woman decries lack of warnings, barriers after being injured by racer

A drag racing track in Goodlettsville is facing a negligence lawsuit after a racer allegedly hit and injured a spectator.

Darlena Swaw and her husband, Dale Swaw, of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., went to Music City Raceway in Goodlettsville on Aug. 13, 2011 to watch the races. Music City Raceway, formerly known as Union Hill Raceway, claims to be the longest-running drag race facility in Division 2 of the National Hot Rod Association.

After completing a race, motorcyclist John Guye was returning to the pits when he allegedly struck Darlena Swaw. She suffered a head injury, a broken hip socket and a knee ligament strain, according to the suit.

The lawsuit, filed in Davidson County Circuit Court, claims the track failed to provide adequate warnings and barriers for spectators. It asks for an amount of compensatory damages to be determined at trial.

Music City Raceway could not be reached for comment on the case.