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Raceway owner voices concerns about illegal street racing

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For Rick Gonzalez there's a big difference between flying down the lanes at his Music City Raceway and illegal street racing.

"It's like shooting a gun in an auditorium. What are you doing? There's a gun range for that. The gun range is analogous to the drag strip," he said.

That's why Gonzalez says he's so frustrated to hear about cases like the crash on Donelson Pike on Thursday night.

"Why are you racing on the street? A, there's other people involved. You're going to hurt somebody. It's not legal, of course," he said.

Metro police say two Hondas that were street racing lost control and hit two other vehicles.

One of the Hondas sped away from the scene leaving behind seven victims, including two toddlers who were sent to the hospital.

Gonzalez says the only way for racing is in an environment like the raceway, surrounded by concrete walls with an ambulance on site on standby nearby.

"Insurance is unreal. You have to go through tech inspection, get your car teched in," he said.

And while he gets ready to unlock the gates ahead of Friday night's races, Gonzalez says safety is key.

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