nascar header image
   
 

The Worst NASCAR Crashes and How the League Has Changed

NASCAR cars have become safer in recent years, but they have not always been that way. Some of the worst NASCAR crashes came at times before safety precautions were made, and many of them have had deadly results. Here’s a look at some of the worst NASCAR crashes that have ever occurred.

 

It is important to understand that many of the worst NASCAR crashes have occurred because of the high speeds. In fact, a slight error by a driver can cause a car wreck during a race, and it can make it difficult to get cars away from a crash. Sometimes injuries can result to drivers, but in the case of the worst NASCAR crashes even worse things have happened.

The first of the worst NASCAR crashes came on May 12, 2000, when Adam Petty was driving and his throttle stuck. He lost control of his car and crashed head on at one hundred miles per hour, dying as a result.

Two months after Adam Petty’s death Kenny Irwin died in a July 7 crash. A kill switch feature on the steering wheel of NASCAR cars was installed into the cars as a result in order to keep crashes as terrible as the ones of Petty and Irwin to be less likely to occur. However, on October 13 of the same year Craftsman Truck Series driver Tony Roper died in a crash.

While these have been some of the worst NASCAR crashes in history, the most significant of the worst NASCAR crashes came at the 2001 Daytona 500. Racing legend Dale Earnhardt Sr. died in a crash near the end of the race. The car did not flip over or catch fire, and all that happened was that Ken Shrader drove into the passenger door of Earnhardt’s car after a slip by Sterling Marlin. This prompted Earnhardt’s car to slam into the track wall at a high speed.

With Earnhardt’s incredible impact on the sport that became one of the worst NASCAR crashes, if not the worst, in history. This prompted many different changes in NASCAR safety. New seat belt and seat restraint methods have been used in recent years so that drivers can be safer and can be still and secure during crashes. Also, technologies have changed so that the frames of cars can be more secure and more likely to absorb the impact of a crash.

While the drivers who died in the worst NASCAR crashes can’t be brought back, deaths don’t have to occur in the future. With the many safety advancements made over the last few years in NASCAR there will be less of a chance that any other crashes could end up becoming one of the worst NASCAR crashes ever occurred.

NASCAR Driver Dylan Kwasnieskwi Stops By Good Day Carolinas - My FOX Carolinas


NASCAR Driver Dylan Kwasnieskwi Stops By Good Day Carolinas
My FOX Carolinas
In 2010, the young driver started racing a limited late model car and the Lucas Oil / Rockstar Modified Series before making the transition to NASCAR. Kwasneiwki has now won two NASCAR championships and this year he is returning to TSM. He is seeking ...

and more »

Read more...


A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff - Beliefnet


A conversation with NASCAR crew chief Jason Ratcliff
Beliefnet
For the past 15 years, Jason Ratcliff has slowly worked his way through the NASCAR ranks as a crew chief for the likes of David Green, J.J. Yeley, Aric Almirola and Jamie McMurray. He's spent time working with Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin early in their ...

Read more...


Martinsville to honor NASCAR HOF inductee Wendell Scott - The Philadelphia Tribune


The Philadelphia Tribune

Martinsville to honor NASCAR HOF inductee Wendell Scott
The Philadelphia Tribune
NASCAR, Front Row Motorsports, Kyle Busch Motorsports and Martinsville Speedway recently announced they will honor 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Wendell Scott, the first African-American driver to win a NASCAR premier series event, with a series of ...

and more »

Read more...


How Derek Jeter's retirement plan may prevent broke ex-athletes - Fortune


Fortune

How Derek Jeter's retirement plan may prevent broke ex-athletes
Fortune
... one a personal essay from a major star: the first is an introduction to the site by Jeter, the second a piece on domestic violence by Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, the third a personal essay on relationships by NASCAR driver Danica ...

and more »

Read more...


Drivers Fined After Post-Race Skirmish At Charlotte - CBS Local


CBS Local

Drivers Fined After Post-Race Skirmish At Charlotte
CBS Local
CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 11: Brad Keselowski (center), driver of the #2 Detroit Genuine Parts Ford, rides on the back of a golf cart after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 11, 2014 in Charlotte, ...

and more »

Read more...


 
 
 
bottom bar