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Posted: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 8:04 am | Updated: 12:10 pm, Tue Nov 8, 2011.

(AP) — An organizer has blamed mechanical failure for a wreck that led to a motorcycle stunt rider's death after a crash during practice for an exhibition at Texas Motor Speedway.

Jim McNeil of Phoenix died Sunday at a Fort Worth hospital.

Tour manager Cory Stem with Freestylemx.com said Monday that the company determined unknown an mechanical failure caused the accident.

Stem told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram ( ) that McNeil came up short on the landing. Witnesses had heard the engine running poorly.

McNeil was practicing outside the TMS gates. He was preparing to do an exhibition for a sponsor and wasn't part of the track's official program of events before the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.

A coroner says McNeil died of blunt-force trauma to the chest and neck.

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Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star-telegram.com

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