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ADA, OK -- A local man is dead after a stock car crash in Ada Saturday night.

Troopers say around 11 p.m. they responded to a call from the Oklahoma Sports Track, 10 miles northwest of Ada. The driver was racing at the track when the vehicle ran off the strip, went airborne then came to a halt after hitting a tire stop.

Jerry Harkrider, 57 year old, of Norman was a regular at the track. Troopers say that the accident was uncharacteristic of his driving skills. Harkrider never showed signs of attempting to stop the vehicle.

Trooper Tyler Jack says when he arrived the stock car had been moved from the accident area and Harkrider was already transported to Mercy Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The crash is still under investigation, but Oklahoma Highway Patrol tells us they believe it was caused by a medical issue.

"I believe the driver had diabetes - or was a diabetic- and had high blood pressure according to people that knew him so that's a possibility that something happened and he was out before he crashed," says Jack.

A posting on the track's Facebook page says "Harkrider passed away while racing due to a heart attack” and that their prayers are with his family. Highway patrol is waiting for the autopsy reports to determine what happened in the car before the accident.

Harkrider was wearing a helmet and harness at the time. Jack also says that highway patrol has never responded to the track in the 20 years it's been open.