Posted 07/09/09 at 7:00 AM PDT by steve.wingate |
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This is the follow-up to a post from earlier this week about deaths in NASCAR. We are sharing the videos that follow so that no one forgets the real dangers of stock car racing or takes the sport's current safety standards for granted. If you do not want to view these sad, shocking videos, do not click through. Our condolences and respects go out to all of the families, teams and fans who lost a driver on the track. Let us pray it never happens again.
J.D. McDuffie’s death at Watkins Glen, which was covered in Part I of this post, was only the beginning of NASCAR’s bloodiest decade. We did not - and could not - include every fatal crash in this article, but every incident discussed hereon in was pivotal in bringing NASCAR's safety standards to where they are today.
NASCAR Sportsman Series driver Gary Batson’s fatal crash at Charlotte
Batson passed away shortly after this accident in May of 1992.
The Alabama Gang loses its first of many
Clifford Allison died in a single-car accident while practicing for a Nationwide event at Michigan International Speedway on Aug. 13, 1994. Allison was the son of former Sprint Cup champion Bobby Allison and the little brother of Davey Allison, who died 11 months later in a helicopter crash.
Daytona practice crash claims the life of Neil Bonnett
Another member of the Alabama Gang, Bonnett was attempting a comeback after sustaining head injuries in a 1989 wreck at Darlington. There were many who said he shouldn’t have been back in the car at all, especially after his spectacular crash at Talladega in 1993. 1994 Speedweeks also claimed the life of rookie Rodney Orr.
Russell Phillips dies at Charlotte in 1995
This was another death in the Sportsman Series, perhaps the grizzliest crash in NASCAR history.
Adam Petty dies at New Hampshire 2000
Adam Petty became the first fourth-generation Sprint Cup driver when he made his first start in June 2000. Just 40 days after this historic event, Petty was gone. He was 19 years old.
Kenny Irwin dies at New Hampshire in 2000
Tony Roper, Texas 2000
Dale Earnhardt dies at the 2001 Daytona 500
Since we already have posted the Earnhardt crash video once, we’ll leave you with this. Keep in mind that what we have presented here is only a sample. If you would like a complete list, click here. Also keep in mind that this list thins at the end. NASCAR has done a lot to keep drivers safer, and although a death is tragic, each death probably helped save lives later.