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.
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.