Diesel Drag Racer and YouTuber Turba Tom Killed in Crash

Photo credit: Tubba Tom / YouTube
Thomas Borrell, a diesel drag racer who recorded his builds and runs as Turba Tom on YouTube, died Friday after falling at the Rocky Top Diesel Shootout in Tennessee. he was 37
Borrell's truck, a Cummins-powered ram that he has used in the past for both drag racing and sledding, competed in 1/8 mile runs during the event. At the end of one such run, DragZine reports that his truck did not slow down at the end of the shutdown area and continued at high speed into the woods behind the track. Shortly after the crash, the event at the Crossville Dragway came to an untimely end.
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In a statement shared on Facebook, friend Whitley Peterson called Borrell "the prime example of what a racer should be," adding, "You had a great attitude and you were willing to help anyone for any reason! You set the standard high for everyone else, it was an honor to be your teammate this year! Unfortunately, our first round today will be our last round together! I will really miss our conversations and the fun we had as we got ideas on how to make this truck faster.”
Borrell has been building, driving and sharing his trucks on his YouTube channel since 2017. He had used the medium to document both the building process of his trucks and his races, with his most recent uploads largely documenting his work and racing the Cummins-powered Ram he drove in the Rocky Top Diesel Shootout. He had uploaded a video in preparation for the event just two weeks before the event.
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