Compilation of Crashes That Changed NASCAR

Compilation of Crashes That Changed NASCAR

I have exactly zero interest in NASCAR and even I found this video really interesting. It serves as a compilation of accidents, some fatal, that prompted improvements in the safety of the motorsport complete with detailed commentary.

Anything – sport, business, transport, always has a price in blood for safety. The 8 minute compilation below is a sobering reminder of the price in blood, with info on whose blood it was, when it comes to NASCAR.

Fatal accidents included are:

  • Fireball Roberts, who died six weeks after suffering severe burns in a 1964 crash
  • Mike Rich, a member of Bill Elliott’s pit crew, fatally crushed between Elliott’s car and one driven by Ricky Rudd in 1990
  • Dale Earnhardt, killed by a head injury sustained in what should have been a minor collision in 2001

The video also shows several spectacular non-fatal crashes, including one that ended the careers of two drivers. Somebody should sell a road car with all the NASCAR safety features – anybody whose watched a few dashcam crashes will want one.

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30 thoughts on “Compilation of Crashes That Changed NASCAR

    • Nascar isn’t my thing, prefer Formula 1 but still, an interesting vid that I wouldn’t have bothered watching anywhere else – made all the better with having Skynard as the soundtrack, awesome song.

    • The song is Freebird by Lynard Skynard. In my experience highly intoxicated people at concerts are most likely to shout either “Play Freebird!” or “Slayer!” Skip to 6:04 to hear the guitar solo!

  1. Anyone got the name of the song for the first few minutes? I should remember what it’s called, but it’s escaping me at the moment. Any help is appreciated, thanks.

  2. This is the only thing I enjoy bout auto racing…crashes…it’s the only thing that intrests me. I’m human I like beauty. Destruction is beautiful to me. I don’t wish for death but gnarly wrecks and fireballs are righteous in my book. @roamer good post my blood. You never disappoint.

  3. What a sport. Driving in circles and still fuck up? Probably caused by picking the deep end of the nose or adjusting ones seatbelt over ones pot belly.

  4. I remember watching the Earnhardt crash live on TV with my dad. I’m pretty sure it happened at the Daytona 500 race. A few days later they published a picture of the inside of the car in the newspaper. Since his body wasn’t in the car anymore the photo was pretty mild by BG standards, but I remember there were some pretty sizable blood splatters. I guess you could call it my first taste of gore at eleven years old.

  5. As a kid, my dad would drag me to NASCAR races a few times a year. I had the fortune to see a few great flaming car wrecks but the most interesting scenes came from the redneck booze-fueled RV camp areas. Camping out there led to my dad getting smashed with Rob Thomas’ mom (meh) but best of all: Dozens of grills bursting into flames/exploding propane tanks, all catching RVs on fire with the wind usually blowing the fire onto neighboring RVs. Good times.

  6. every time i see dale earnhardt crash i remember that day he crashed in to the wall it fills my heart with sadness dale was my favorites in NASCAR racing.

    some say he had a massive heart attack and died but he had a skull fracture? that goes to show how much you can trust the news.

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