Drie renliefhebbers is dood by Michigan Speedway

Drie renliefhebbers is dood by Michigan Speedway

Die US 500, die mees gesogte wedloop in die Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) -reeks, ontbind in 'n tragedie op 26 Julie 1998, toe drie aanhangers dood en ses ander gewond word deur puin uit 'n motor te vlieg by Michigan Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan .

CART (later bekend as Champ Car) was 'n oopwielrenbaan wat aan die einde van die sewentigerjare geskep is deur eienaars van resiespanne wat gefrustreerd was oor die rigting van die bestaande United States Automobile Club (USAC). Oopwielmotors, wat spesifiek vir wedrenne gebou is, is gesofistikeerde voertuie wat vir spoed gebou is, met klein, oop kajuit en wiele buite die motor se hoofliggaam. In CART-wedrenne, sowel as dié van sy mededingende oopwielbaan, die Indy Racing League, het bestuurders gereeld snelhede van tot 230 km / h behaal. (Ter vergelyking, bestuurders in die National Association for Stock Car Racing - beter bekend as NASCAR - gebeurtenisse bereik ongeveer 200 mph.)

Terwyl die vierde draai by Michigan Speedway ('n ovaal van twee myl) in die Amerikaanse 500 in 1998 afgerond is, het bestuurder Adrian Fernandez beheer oor sy motor verloor en in een van die steunmure van die renbaan vasgery. Die motor breek uitmekaar, en die regtervoorband en 'n deel van die vering vlieg oor die 15 voet hoë muur en in die staanplekke in. Die puin het byna 200 km / h gery en die waaiers in die agtste en tiende rye getref. Twee mense is op slag dood; nog een sterf oomblikke later, en ses ander het ligte beserings opgedoen. Tot die woede van die Sports Illustrated -verslaggewer Rick Reilly, wat 'n skerp hoofartikel oor die voorval in die tydskrif geskryf het, het wedrenbeamptes nie die byeenkoms gestuit nie, wat deur die jong Kanadese jaer Greg Moore gewen is. (In 'n tragiese wending van die noodlot sterf Moore in Oktober 1999, ná 'n noodlottige ongeluk in die eindronde van die CART -seisoen, die Marlboro 500, in Kalifornië.) In Augustus 1998 kondig Michigan Speedway aan dat dit die beskermende omheining om al sy staanplekke tot 'n totaal van ongeveer 17 voet in 'n poging om verdere ongelukke te voorkom.

Die CART -baan het sy naam na Champ Car verander in 2004. Vier jaar later, teister deur finansiële probleme, verklaar die Champ Car World Series bankrotskap en smelt saam met die Indy Racing League.


Wedrenne -aanhangers verwag nie dat hulle sal sterf nie

Dit is 'n gegewe dat bestuurders hul lewens in motorsport in gevaar stel. Wat aanhangers nie verwag nie en nie kan aanvaar nie, is dat hul eie lewens deur die renmotors in gevaar kan wees. Onlangse voorvalle deur Kenny Brack en Tony Renna herinner ons aan die potensiële dood vir bestuurders, maar ook vir toeskouers.

Ver terug in die geskiedenis van die resies was 'n tyd waarin aanhangers waarskynlik beseer of doodgemaak word tydens 'n wedren. Die 1906 -Vanderbilt -beker het die dood van 'n kind gesien toe 'n motor toeskouers wat die wedloopgebied binnegekom het, deur 'n gat in die heining getref het. Indy verloor 2 toeskouers aan rasverwante oorsake in sy tweede wedloop in 1909, plus een elk in 1923 en 1938. Die Mille Miglia was berug vir die dood van toeskouers en verloor 10 toeskouers (waarvan 7 kinders) in 1937, 4 (plus 3 bestuurders) ) in 1956, en 'n afgryslike 11 in 1957, waarna dit verbied is.

Die 1952 Watkins Glen Grand Prix het tot gevolg gehad dat een waaier dood en 12 beseer is nadat 'n motor die baan verlaat het. Honderde klein spore in die land het talle sterftes van bestuurders en toeskouers aangeteken, waarvan die verslae in plaaslike koerante begrawe word, soos die Winfield (Kansas) Daily Courier se verslag oor die dood van 'n jong toeskouer in 1953 deur 'n renjaer se band.

Die veiligheid van toeskouers soos ons dit ken, het by LeMans begin in 1955. Die snelhede het meer as 150 km / h bereik, in 'n era sonder waarskuwingsligte, geen vuurpakke of veiligheidselle nie, geen rolhokke nie, en bowenal slegs grondwalle en houtheinings aparte toeskouers van mededingers by LeMans. In die derde uur het 'n Mercedes wat deur Pierre Levegh gery is, 150 km / h gery, 'n motor wat voor gery is, voor die hoof tribune geknip en in vlamme in die skare geskiet en gedra soos 'n reuse skel deur die skare. Die voertuig se magnesiumbak lyk soos 'n reuse -sprankel terwyl dit brand. Minstens drie-en-tagtig mense, waaronder Levegh, is op slag dood, en ongeveer 16 van die 76 ernstig beseerdes is later aan beserings dood.

Die film van die ongeluk is regoor die wêreld vertoon, en tydskrifte soos 'Life Magazine' bevat foto's van die ongelukstoneel, met priesters wat die laaste rituele gee. Selfs voor die einde van die wedren het die bestuur van Mercedes besluit om geheel en al van die wedrenne terug te trek, om eers weer in 1999 in te skryf. Frankryk, Duitsland en Switserland het hul nasionale GP-wedrenne gekanselleer. In die nadraai, wat letterlik aan die einde van die motorrenne gekom het, het promotors nuwe klem gelê op die veiligheid van toeskouers, en die sterftes van toeskouers het drasties gedaal.

In die moderne tyd was die klem op waaierveiligheid nie net te danke aan humanitêre kommer nie, maar ook as gevolg van aanspreeklikheid, publisiteit en sake. Na verskeie voorvalle waarin motors in die lug geraak het tydens 200 km / h ongelukke in Daytona en Talladega, het 'n ongeluk van 1987 deur Bobby Allison die heining op die voorste stuk tydens 'n wedloop afgebreek, en druk deur NASCAR se versekeringsvervoerders het die huidige beperkingsplaat en dakvensterreëls veroorsaak ondersteuners te beskerm.

In 1998 is drie waaiers dood tydens die CART US 500 by Michigan International Speedway, wat 'n afwaartse spiraal begin by MIS vir wedrenne met oop wiele wat tot vandag toe voortduur, selfs al is die heinings van Michigan drasties verbeter. In 1999 is drie toeskouers dood tydens 'n IRL -wedloop op Lowe's Motor Speedway, kort daarna is bande vasgemaak in albei reekse.

CART se padrenliefhebbers onthou die Gonzalo Rodriguez-voorval in 1999 by Laguna Seca se kurkentrekker waarin sy motor reg van voor teen 'n muur getref het, in die lug oor die muur, oor 'n boom, wat buite die baan beland het. 'N Jaar later het Patrick Carpentier 'n shunt uit dieselfde baan gehad in beurt 4. Nie een van hulle het waaierbeserings tot gevolg gehad nie, maar albei het veranderinge aan die baan veroorsaak.

Onlangse voorvalle het die kwessie van waaierveiligheid weer aan die lig gebring. Brack se ongeluk het die laaste IRL -ren vroeg beëindig toe sy motor in die heining ingegaan het en groot dele afgebreek het. Daar is geen videobande van Renna se voorval nie, maar dit is duidelik dat die motor in die heining in die lug gehardloop het, verbrokkel het en groot dele die voorkant van die tribune getref het. Indianapolis het sedert 1987 nie 'n renverwante toeskouer-dood gehad toe die band van Tony Bettenhausen Jr. 'n waaier bo-op die tribune getref het nie, en die IRL het sedert die Lowe-wedloop in 1999 geen voorval gehad nie, maar miskien leef ons op geleende tyd, net soos NASCAR voor Earnhardt se dood die eerste in vier bestuurderssterftes daardie seisoen was.

Dit is duidelik dat motors met 'n puntige neus wat op die huidige ovaalsnelheid ry, die moontlikheid van enige heining om groot motoronderdele te bevat, oorskry, laat staan ​​waaiers beskerm teen koolstofveselfragmente en brandende vloeistowwe. Aanhangers verwag NIE dat hulle die slagoffers is van insidente op die baan nie, en sal dit ook nie aanvaar nie, en 'n enkele groot voorval van hierdie tipe kan die einde wees van die Indy-styl oopwielrenne.


AUTO RACING Veiligheid is ter sprake, aangesien 3 toeskouers by motorwedrenne sterf

Die motorrenbaan in Noord -Carolina, waar drie toeskouers Saterdagaand deur vlieënde puin dood is, het die hoogte van sy beskermende heining die afgelope twee jaar verhoog, onder meer na nog 'n noodlottige ongeluk in Michigan.

Saterdagaand is drie aanhangers dood en agt ander beseer toe 'n wiel en onderdele van 'n wrak met drie motors op die staanplekke by Lowe 's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, in die VisionAire 500, 'n Indy Racing League, gelanseer is. gebeurtenis.

Verlede jaar op 26 Julie is drie aanhangers dood en ses ander beseer in 'n soortgelyke ongeluk by die Championship Auto Racing Teams ' markiestryd, die U.S. 500, by Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich.

U dink daaraan om sulke dinge te laat gebeur, en u doen alles wat u kan doen om dit te voorkom, het HA Wheeler, die president en hoofbestuurder van Lowe 's Motor Speedway, gister gesê in Concord, 'n Voorstad Charlotte. ' ' Ons bestee baie tyd aan voorbereiding vir sulke dinge in die hoop dat dit nooit sal kom nie. ' '

Na die ongeluk in Michigan het verskeie spore die hoogte van die vangheinings en keermure verhoog in 'n poging om verdere beskerming vir toeskouers te bied. Die snelweg van Michigan het verlede Augustus die hoogte van sy steunheining tot 17 voet verhoog. By Nazareth Speedway in Pennsylvania, waar die Bosch -bougie 200 van CART gister gehou is, is die heining van die heining vroeër vanjaar tot 19 voet verhoog.

In 1997 het Lowe 's Motor Speedway sy vangheining verbeter deur hoogte en kabel langs die mure langs die voorkant te voeg, wat dikwels die mees drukste gedeelte van die staanplek is. Na die ongeluk van verlede jaar in Michigan, het Lowe die heining en die oorhang verhoog, wat die totale hoogte op 17 voet te staan ​​gebring het. Die toeskouers wat Saterdag betrokke was, sit net verby die afrit van die vierde draai, nie dadelik nie.


Amper daar

Michigan International Speedway is suid van Brooklyn, Michigan, in die VSA geleë. Die naaste internasionale lughawe is die Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County -lughawe, 70 minute se ry na die ooste langs snelweg 12.

Toegang per motor na die kring is eenvoudig, met die kring naby verskeie snelweë. Neem vanaf Detroit en Ann Arbor I-94 tot by afrit 181 en draai op US12, draai wes. Volg US12 tot by die baan - gemerk aan die noordekant van die pad. Hou in gedagte dat verkeersbeperkings moontlik oor naweke kan plaasvind - besoek die webwerf van die baan vir meer inligting. Tramdienste is beskikbaar by elke draai op die NASCAR -rennaweke vanaf die parkeerterreine na die verskillende tribunes.

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Verantwoordelike NASCAR -aanhangers word beloon by Michigan International Speedway


(Links na regs) Jordan Jiloty, Direkteur van openbare sake van NASCAR David Downs, gas van RHIR -wenner Wesley Keister, RHIR -wenner en aangewese bestuurder vir die wedloop James Krohl, Anheuser-Busch Jessica Thurston, Programmedewerker vir TEAM Coalition "Ons wil hê dat al ons aanhangers 'n goeie tyd by Michigan International Speedway moet hê," het president Roger Curtis gesê. 'Ons wil hê dat al ons ondersteuners veilig is tydens die wedloop en op pad huis toe. Ons juig hierdie ondersteuners toe wat die afgelope naweek die verantwoordelike keuse gemaak het om aangewese bestuurders vir hul vriende of familie te wees. ”

"Anheuser-Busch het ons bedryf al meer as 30 jaar lank daartoe gelei dat ons verantwoordelike drank bevorder het, en Budweiser Good Sport is een van ons mees sigbare programme, wat aanhangers wat wil drink, daaraan herinner om dit verantwoordelik te doen en hul vriende veilig tuis te kry," het hy gesê. Kathy Casso, vise-president, korporatiewe maatskaplike verantwoordelikheid by Anheuser-Busch. 'Ons deel almal dieselfde strate na die wedloop. Hierdie vennootskap met Auto Club Speedway, TEAM en die ondersteuners toon ons gesamentlike verantwoordelikheid om ons paaie veilig te hou. ”

Die sukses van die veldtog Verantwoordelikheid het sy belonings is 'n direkte gevolg van die toewyding van ons lede en al die aangewese bestuurdersprogramvennote, insluitend die bane- en bierondernemings, en Jill Pepper, uitvoerende direkteur van TEAM Coalition. “Teamwork is waaroor hierdie veldtog gaan. Ons demonstreer dat wanneer almal - insluitend die ondersteuners - verantwoordelikheid neem, almal wen. ”

NASIONALE veldtog: Verantwoordelikheid het sy belonings ™

RHIR -VENNOTE Sluit dit in:

  • Michigan International Speedway
  • Budweiser
  • TEAM -koalisie (tegnieke vir effektiewe alkoholbestuur)

WHO: Aanhangers en die gemeenskap

WAT: Michigan International Speedway, Budweiser en TEAM Coalition het aanhangers beloon wat belowe het om aangewese bestuurders te wees, wat beteken dat hulle ouer as 21 is, hulle het belowe om nie alkohol te drink tydens die wedloop nie en hulle het belowe om veilig vervoer huis toe te bring van die wedloop vir hul groep . Verantwoordelike aanhangers het 'n verantwoordelike agtergrond onderteken en 'n gratis aandenkingsfoto ontvang.

WAAR: Michigan International Speedway

WANNEER: Sondag, 17 Augustus 2014

Oor Michigan International Speedway
Michigan International Speedway, geleë in die welige Ierse heuwels van Suidoos -Michigan, is die vinnigste baan van NASCAR en die Great Escape, 'n eerbiedwaardige NASCAR -nasionale park waar aanhangers kan wegkom en die beste kan geniet in wedrenne en kameraadskap. Dit is die liefde vir wedrenne en die opwinding van 'n wonderlike tyd vir renliefhebbers en bestuurders. Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, spog met 'n trotse, 43-jarige geskiedenis van die aanbied van Amerika se beste renaksie op sy 1.400 hektaar groot in die skilderagtige Ierse Heuwels. Met 18 grade bank en 73 voet wye draaie, bied Michigan International Speedway bestuurders drie en vier groewe om die snelweg van twee myl te hardloop. Toe Michigan International Speedway in 1968 oopmaak, staan ​​die middelste tribune van 12 000 sitplekke met 'n uitsig oor die nuwe ovaal van twee myl, 'n simbool van 'n nuwe era vir die Irish Hills-gebied. Besoek www.mispeedway.com vir meer inligting

Oor Anheuser-Busch
Vir meer as drie dekades het Anheuser-Busch en sy landswye netwerk van groothandelaars meer as $ 1 miljard belê in nasionale advertensieveldtogte en gemeenskapsgebaseerde programme om verantwoordelike drank te bevorder, om minderjarige drank en dronkbestuur te voorkom en om universiteitskwessies aan te spreek. Besoek www.anheuser-busch.com vir meer inligting oor hierdie pogings tot alkoholverantwoordelikheid en die vordering wat gemaak word.

Oor TEAM Coalition
TEAM Coalition is 'n alliansie van professionele en kollegiale sport, vermaaklikheidsgeriewe, konsessiehouers, stadiondiensverskaffers, die bierbedryf, distilleerders, omroepers, regeringsverkeerbeveiligingskenners en ander wat saamwerk om verantwoordelike drank en positiewe aanhangersgedrag by sport- en vermaaklikheidsfasiliteite te bevorder . Lede en ondersteuners van die TEAM sluit in NASCAR, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, die National Basketball Association, die National Football League, die National Hockey League, die National Collegiate Athletic Association, Aramark, Delaware North Companies Sportservice, Ovations Food Services, Beer Instituut, National Beer Wholesalers Association, Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, Brown-Forman, Live Nation, National Association of Broadcasters, Contemporary Services Corporation, Elite, International Association of Venue Managers, Stadium Managers Association en die National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Al Unser Sr ontstel hom en wen 1987 Indianapolis 500

Mario Andretti was die motor wat hy in 1987 in Indianapolis 500 geklop het. Andretti domineer oefen, kwalifiseer en die grootste deel van die wedloop voordat meganiese probleme hom kantlyn sit met slegs 23 rondtes oor. Die verlies van Andretti blyk uit Al Unser Sr. se wins te wees.

Interessant genoeg, Unser, wat goed op pad was in die skemer van sy loopbaan, was nie eens veronderstel om daardie jaar op die beroemde Brickyard te jaag nie. Nadat Unser die vorige jaar tot deeltydse status teruggesak het, het Unser nie 'n rit vir die 1987-byeenkoms gehad nie. Dit het alles verander toe Danny Ongais harsingskudding opgedoen het tydens 'n oefenongeluk en Roger Penske die veteraanbestuurder ontbied het.

Unser het die voortou geneem kort nadat Andretti uit die wedloop gegaan het en sy vierde Indy 500 -oorwinning behou het.


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NASCAR Cup Series sterftes Redigeer

Hierdie lys toon sterftes in die NASCAR Cup -reeks.

Bestuurder Datum van ongeluk Gebeurtenis Kring [nota 1] Sessie Voertuig
Larry Mann (VS) [4] 14 September 1952 250 myl wedloop Langhorne Speedway Ras Hudson
Frank Arford (VS) [5] 20 Junie 1953 Internasionaal 200 Langhorne Speedway Kwalifiserend Oldsmobile
Lou Figaro (VS) [nota 2] 24 Oktober 1954 100 myl wedloop Noord -Wilkesboro Speedway Ras Hudson
John McVitty (VS) [7] 21 April 1956 150 myl wedloop Langhorne Speedway Kwalifiserend Chevrolet
Clint McHugh (VS) [8] 9 Junie 1956 250 myl wedloop Memphis-Arkansas Speedway Kwalifiserend Oldsmobile
Cotton Priddy (VS) [9] 10 Junie 1956 Ras Chevrolet
Bobby Myers (VS) [10] 2 September 1957 Suidelike 500 Darlington International Raceway Ras Oldsmobile
Joe Weatherly (VS) [11] 19 Januarie 1964 Motor Trend 500 Riverside International Raceway Ras Kwik
Fireball Roberts (VS) [12] [nota 3] 24 Mei 1964 Wêreld 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Ras Ford
Jimmy Pardue (VS) [14] 22 September 1964 Goodyear band toets Charlotte Motor Speedway Toets Plymouth
Billy Wade (VS) [15] 5 Januarie 1965 Goodyear band toets Daytona Internasionale Speedway Toets Kwik
Buren Skeen (VS) [16] [nota 4] 6 September 1965 Suidelike 500 Darlington International Raceway Ras Ford
Harold Kite (VSA) [18] 17 Oktober 1965 Nasionaal 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Ras Plymouth
Billy Foster (KAN) [19] 20 Januarie 1967 Motor Trend 500 Riverside International Raceway Oefen Dodge
Talmadge Prince (VSA) [20] 19 Februarie 1970 125 myl wedloop Daytona Internasionale Speedway Kwalifiserende wedloop Dodge
Vrydag Hassler (VSA) [21] 17 Februarie 1972 125 myl wedloop Daytona Internasionale Speedway Kwalifiserende wedloop Chevrolet
Larry Smith (VS) [22] 12 Augustus 1973 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Ras Kwik
Tiny Lund (VS) [23] 17 Augustus 1975 Talladega 500 Alabama International Motor Speedway Ras Dodge
Ricky Knotts (VS) [24] 14 Februarie 1980 125 myl wedloop Daytona Internasionale Speedway Kwalifiserende wedloop Oldsmobile
Bruce Jacobi (VSA) [25] [nota 5] 17 Februarie 1983 UNO Twin 125 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Kwalifiserende wedloop Pontiac
Terry Schoonover (VS) [27] 11 November 1984 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway Ras Chevrolet
Rick Baldwin (VS) [28] [nota 6] 14 Junie 1986 Miller American 400 Michigan International Speedway Kwalifiserend Ford
Grant Adcox (VSA) [30] 19 November 1989 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta International Raceway Ras Oldsmobile
J. D. McDuffie (VS) [31] 11 Augustus 1991 Budweiser by The Glen Watkins Glen Internasionaal Ras Pontiac
Neil Bonnett (VS) [32] 11 Februarie 1994 Daytona 500 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Oefen Chevrolet
Rodney Orr (VS) [33] 14 Februarie 1994 Ford
Kenny Irwin Jr. (VS) [34] 7 Julie 2000 thatlook.com 300 New Hampshire International Speedway Oefen Chevrolet
Dale Earnhardt (VS) [35] 18 Februarie 2001 Daytona 500 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Ras Chevrolet

Uiteensetting wysig

Sterftes per kring
Kring [nota 7] Totaal Eerstens Laaste
Daytona Internasionale Speedway 8 1965 2001
Langhorne Speedway 3 1952 1956
Charlotte Motor Speedway 1964 1965
Memphis-Arkansas Speedway 2 1956 1956
Darlington Raceway 1957 1965
Riverside International Raceway 1964 1967
Talladega Superspeedway 1973 1975
Atlanta Motor Speedway 1984 1989
Noord -Wilkesboro Speedway 1 1954
Michigan International Speedway 1986
Watkins Glen Internasionaal 1991
New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2000

Sterfgevalle in ander reekse Redigeer

Bestuurder Datum van ongeluk Gebeurtenis Kring [nota 1] Sessie Reeks/Afdeling
William Davis (VSA) [36] 25 Julie 1948 Wedloop van 40 rondtes Greensboro kermis Feature ras Gewysigde reeks
Rex Stansell (VSA) [37] [nota 8] 4 Julie 1952 200 myl wedloop Darlington International Raceway Ras Sportman -afdeling/Gewysigde reeks
Bill Blevins (VSA) [38] 19 September 1953 220 myl wedloop Raleigh Speedway Ras Sportman -afdeling/Gewysigde reeks
Jesse Midkiff (VSA) [38]
Dick Kaufman (VSA) [39] 20 Februarie 1954 125 myl wedloop Daytona Beach Road Course Ras Sportman -afdeling/Gewysigde reeks
Al Briggs (VSA) [40] [nota 9] 26 Februarie 1955 125 myl wedloop Daytona Beach Road Course Ras Sportman -afdeling/Gewysigde reeks
Otis Eaton (VSA) [42] [nota 10] 14 Mei 1955 Fonda Speedway Trooswedloop
Jimmy Knowlan (VSA) [44] 9 September 1955 35-rondte wedloop Islip Speedway Feature ras Midget -afdeling
Dickey Reynolds (VSA) [45] 8 Junie 1956 25-rondte wedloop Greensboro kermis Feature ras Midget -afdeling
Hap Brown (VSA) [nota 11] 23 Junie 1956 Lancaster Speedway Feature ras Midget -afdeling
Earl Bryant (VSA) [47] 27 Oktober 1957 Lee Kirby -gedenkteken Concord Speedway Ras Gewysigde reeks
Gwyn Staley (VSA) [48] 23 Maart 1958 100 myl wedloop Atlantiese landelike kermis Ras Omskepbare afdeling
Glenn Wagner (VSA) [49] 28 September 1958 100 myl wedloop New York State Fairgrounds Ras Sportman Afdeling
Red Bolduc (VSA) [nota 12] 18 Junie 1960 Norwood Arena Feature ras Sny af
Habe Haberling (VSA) [51] 21 Februarie 1961 250 myl wedloop Daytona Internasionale Speedway Oefen Sportman -afdeling/Gewysigde reeks
Ray Platte (VSA) [52] [nota 13] 20 Julie 1963 100-rondte wedloop Suid -Boston Speedway Feature ras Gewysig
Lou Smith (VSA) [54] [nota 14] 15 Mei 1965 25-rondte wedloop Fonda Speedway Feature ras Sportman
Pepper Eastman (VSA) [56] 14 Augustus 1965 20-rondte wedloop Fonda Speedway Trooswedloop Sportman
Don MacTavish (VSA) [57] 22 Februarie 1969 Daytona Permatex 300 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Ras Laat model sportman -afdeling
Skakel Toland (VSA) [58] 30 Julie 1971 20-rondte wedloop Clovis Speedway Feature ras Super gewysig
Bill Spencer (VSA) [59] 18 Januarie 1975 Permatex 200 Riverside International Raceway Ras Laat model sportman -afdeling
Bob Zwemke (VSA) [60] [nota 15] 20 September 1975 San Jose Speedway
(East Tully Road en Quimby Road)
Oefen Super gewysig
Sonny Easley (VSA) [61] 15 Januarie 1978 Stock Car Products 300 Riverside International Raceway Oefen Groot -Amerikaanse afdeling
Don Williams (VSA) [62] [nota 16] 17 Februarie 1979 Sportman 300 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Ras Laat model sportman -afdeling
Tim Williamson (VSA) [64] 12 Januarie 1980 Stock Car Products 300 Riverside International Raceway Ras Groot -Amerikaanse afdeling
Richie Evans (VSA) [65] 24 Oktober 1985 Winn-Dixie 500 Martinsville Speedway Oefen Winston gewysigde toer
Charles Ogle (VSA) [66] [nota 17] 15 Desember 1985 Pontiac renmotortoets Daytona Internasionale Speedway Toets Daytona Dash -reeks
Joe Young (VSA) [68] 13 Februarie 1987 Komfort Koach 200 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Ras Charlotte/Daytona Dash -reeks
Charlie Jarzombek (VSA) [69] 22 Maart 1987 Miller 500 Classic Martinsville Speedway Ras Winston gewysigde toer
Corky Cookman (VSA) [70] 19 Julie 1987 Buitepaal -kwalifikasie Thompson International Speedway Ras Winston gewysigde toer
John Gay (VSA) [71] [nota 18] 20 Augustus 1988 30-rondte wedloop Immergroen Speedway Feature ras Super voorraad
Frank Carlotta (VSA) [72] 27 Mei 1989 San Jose Speedway
(Santa Clara County Fairgrounds,
Old Tully Road & S 7th Street)
Feature ras Super gewysig
Tommy Druar (VSA) [73] [nota 19] 10 Junie 1989 Wedloop van 40 rondtes Lancaster Speedway Feature ras Gewysig
Don Pratt (VSA) [74] 17 September 1989 Sunoco Race of Champions Pocono International Raceway Ras Winston gewysigde toer
Tony Jankowiak (VSA) [75] 22 April 1990 Coors Spring Sizzler Stafford Motor Speedway Ras Winston gewysigde toer
David Gaines (VSA) [76] 16 Mei 1990 Sportman 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Oefen Beperkte Sportman -afdeling
Gary Batson (VSA) [77] [nota 20] 15 Mei 1992 Winston Sportsman 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Kwalifiserende wedloop Beperkte Sportman -afdeling
Clifford Allison (VSA) [79] 13 Augustus 1992 Detroit Gasket 200 Michigan International Speedway Oefen Busch Grand National Series
Joe Booher (VSA) [80] 12 Februarie 1993 Florida 200 Daytona Internasionale Speedway Ras Goody's Dash -reeks
Wayne McCarthy (VSA) [nota 21] 3 Junie 1994 Bolivar Speedway VSA Hitte wedloop Winston Racing Series (laat model)
Charles Johnson (VSA) [82] 22 Julie 1994 Bolivar Speedway VSA Hitte wedloop Winston Racing Series (gewysig)
Billy Joe Pressley (VSA) [83] [nota 22] 24 September 1994 50-rondte wedloop Nuwe Asheville Speedway Ras Winston Racing Series (laat model)
Russell Phillips (VSA) [85] 6 Oktober 1995 Winston 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Ras Beperkte Sportman -afdeling
Mike Cooke (VSA) [86] 3 Februarie 1996 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic Phoenix International Raceway Kwalifiserend Featherlite Suidwes -toer
John Nemechek (VSA) [87] [nota 23] 16 Maart 1997 Florida Dodge -handelaars 400K Metro-Dade Homestead Motorsports-kompleks Ras Craftsman Truck Series
Adam Petty (VSA) [89] 12 Mei 2000 Busch 200 New Hampshire International Speedway Oefen Busch Grand National Series
Dwight Wrich (VSA) [nota 24] 30 September 2000 O'Reilly motoronderdele Hawkeye 100 Crawford County Speedway Ras
Tony Roper (VSA) [91] [nota 25] 13 Oktober 2000 O'Reilly 400 Texas Motor Speedway Ras Craftsman Truck Series
Michael Roberts (VSA) [93] 24 Maart 2001 Privaat toets Libanon I-44 Speedway Toets RE/MAX -uitdaagreeks
Mark Hutto (VSA) [94] 13 April 2002 Altamont Raceway Park Feature ras Sportman laat model
John Baker (VSA) [95] 8 Junie 2002 K & ampN -filters 150 Irwindale Speedway Ras Featherlite Suidwes -reeks
Tom Baldwin Sr. (VSA) [96] 29 Augustus 2004 New England Dodge Dealers/Budweiser 150 Thompson International Speedway Ras Featherlite gewysigde reeks
John Blewett III (VSA) [97] 16 Augustus 2007 New England Dodge Dealers 150 Thompson International Speedway Ras Whelen aangepaste toer
Carlos Pardo (MEX) [98] [nota 26] 14 Junie 2009 Autódromo Miguel E. Abed Ras Mexiko Corona -reeks

Bestuurders wat aan 'n mediese toestand gesterf het Edit

Hierdie lys dek beide bestuurders wat hul motors neergestort het nadat hulle 'n noodlottige mediese toestand opgedoen het, dit wil sê dat hulle nie dood is aan die beserings wat hulle in die daaropvolgende ongeluk opgedoen het nie, sowel as diegene wat daarin geslaag het om hul motors te stop, maar 'n bietjie later aan 'n mediese toestand beswyk het. .

Bestuurder Datum van voorval Gebeurtenis Kring [nota 1] Sessie Reeks/Afdeling
Gene Lovelace (VSA) [99] [nota 27] 3 Julie 1970 Southway Speedway Hitte wedloop Laat model sportman
Bobby Isaac (VSA) [100] [nota 28] 13 Augustus 1977 Winston 200 Hickory Speedway Feature ras Laat model sportman -afdeling
Bill Baker (VSA) [102] [nota 29] 12 Augustus 1978 100 myl wedloop Sears Point Raceway Oefen Winston West Grand National Series
John Nelson (VSA) [103] [nota 30] 29 Mei 1982 Bowman Grey -stadion Oefen Gewysig
Gary Neice (VSA) [104] [nota 31] 4 Mei 1991 Carquest 300 Suid -Boston Speedway Ras Busch Grand National Series
Hal Shuster (VSA) [106] [nota 32] 6 Junie 1992 30-rondte wedloop Cajon Speedway Feature ras Sportman
Ron Biellier (VSA) [107] [nota 33] 15 Julie 1994 Bolivar Speedway VSA Ras Winston Racing Series (laat modelvoorraad)
Al Papini (VSA) [108] [nota 34] 1 April 2001 Wedloop van 40 rondtes Rockford Speedway Feature ras Laat model
Bubba Beck (VSA) [110] [nota 35] 1 Junie 2002 25-rondte wedloop Bowman Grey -stadion Feature ras Gewysig
Bub Bilodeau (VSA) [112] [nota 36] 5 Junie 2010 Wedloop van 40 rondtes Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Feature ras Whelen se Amerikaanse reeks (super laat model)
Ron Pestana (VSA) [113] [nota 37] 14 Julie 2012 15-rondte wedloop Alle Amerikaanse Speedway Feature ras Whelen All-American Series (Toeskouerklas)
Leon Gonyo (VSA) [115] [nota 38] 19 September 2015 Bond motoronderdele Devil's Bowl Speedway Feature ras Whelen se Amerikaanse reeks (gewysig)
Ron Casey (VSA) [116] [nota 39] 3 Julie 2016 Sentraal -Vermont -motorfietse Devil's Bowl Speedway Feature ras Whelen All-American Series (Sportsman Modified)
Terry Stevenson (VSA) [118] [nota 40] 27 Mei 2018 Rosen & amp Berger Auto Recyclers Devil's Bowl Speedway Feature ras Whelen All-American Series (Super Stock)

Hierdie afdeling bevat omstanders wat deelneem aan 'n gebeurtenis wat dood is terwyl hulle langs die kantlyn was.


Houtbleikers met 'n metaaldak staan ​​nog steeds by die nou geslote Jungle Park SpeedwayDonderdag 12 Mei 2016. Die Jungle Park Speedway van 1/2 myl, aan die oewer van Sugar Creek naby Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana, is in 1926 geopen en bedryf aan en af ​​tot sluiting in 1960. (Foto: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Hierdie verhaal is oorspronklik op 25 Mei 2016 gepubliseer: 'N Uur wes van Indianapolis, in die middel van die dunbevolkte Parke County, in 'n paar woude, is 'n onverwagte ding: 'n tribune.

Nie bleikers nie. 'N Tribune. 'N Groot onderdak met 'n sitplek van meer as 500. Dit is van hout en is in 'n gevorderde toestand van verval.

Die tribune kyk uit. niks. Net 'n grasveld omring deur bos. Behalwe dat as u 'n rukkie na die grasveld kyk, nie noukeurig nie, maar in die breë, u die prentjie kry: dit is nie soseer 'n veld as 'n gang nie, en die gang buig. En die buitekant van die draai word gelig. Dit lyk asof dit 'n rant, 'n bakvormige rant, volg.

Maar hierdie nok is te perfek, die buiging te eenvormig. Hierdie ding is mensgemaak.

Dit is nie 'n rantjie nie. Dit is 'n hoë bank.

Hierdie niks in die bos was 'n renbaan.

Jungle Park Speedway, 'n ovaal van 'n halfmyl met 'n ovaal van 'n kwartmyl in die binneland, was vroeg in die 20ste eeu een van die voorste snelweë in die Midde-Weste. Dit was 'n bewysgrond vir sommige van die voorste Amerikaanse renjaers. Agt veterane van die Jungle Park het die Indianapolis 500 gewen, waaronder een van Indy se grotes van alle tye, Wilbur Shaw, wat die 500 in 1937, 1939 en 1940 gewen het.

Die rand van die nou geslote Jungle Park Speedway ondersteun die oewers van Sugar Creek, waar motors op die oewer van Donderdag 12 Mei 2016 na die spruit gekom het. Die Jungle Park Speedway van 1/2 myl, aan die oewer van Sugar Creek Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana, geopen in 1926 en werk aan en af ​​totdat dit in 1960 gesluit word. (Foto: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Die baan het in 1960 gesluit na nog een in 'n lang reeks gruwelike ongelukke. Sedertdien herwin die natuur die terrein. Sycamore -bome staan ​​40 voet lank in die middel van die eerste draai. Kamperfoelie word dik in die kuipe wat vroeër was.

Maar die herwinning is nog nie voltooi nie. As jy soms met die hak van jou skoen op die gras steek, bereik jy vinnig die renoppervlak: in die vroeë dae vuil, en later 'n growwe, gekapte kombinasie van gruis en olie. Die tribune is die duidelikste oorblyfsel. Dit is gebou in 1947. Die baan het in 1926 geopen. Motorrenne was nog in sy kinderskoene. Motors was in hul kinderskoene.

Die ander dag op die tribune het 'n swart buizerd, geskrik oor die seldsame teenwoordigheid van mense, ongeveer 20 meter lank vinnig en luidrugtig langs een van die gange gevlieg en toe die bos in gevlieg.

'N Betonfondasie is al wat oorbly van 'n gebou langs die oorblywende toeskouer, staan ​​by die nou geslote Jungle Park SpeedwayDonderdag 12 Mei 2016. Die Jungle Park Speedway van 1/2 myl, aan die oewer van Sugar Creek naby Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana, geopen in 1926 en werk aan en af ​​totdat dit in 1960 gesluit word. (Foto: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Dit was gepas. Buizerds is doodsimbole. Jungle Park was byna van die begin af bloedig.

In die baan se tweede seisoen is die amptenaar Earl Parker deur 'n vinnige jaer afgemaai en doodgemaak toe hy 'n spoor op die baan herstel het. Die volgende Julie is 'n toeskouer dood. Twee tekens van die tye: Die toeskouer is in IndyStar slegs geïdentifiseer as 'mev. Charles Kiger', en slegs een paragraaf is gewy aan haar dood, die derde paragraaf in 'n verhaal hoofsaaklik oor die wedrenuitslae van die dag (opskrif: "Bauman is eerste in drie wedrenne").

Twee maande later verloor Jungle Park sy eerste bestuurder: Walter Axe. Die jaar daarna is nog 'n toeskouer, Gilbert Cox, bewusteloos geslaan toe 'n renmotor in 'n heiningpaal vlieg wat veroorsaak dat die heiningpaal in hom vlieg. Nog drie bestuurders sou in die volgende twee jaar in Jungle Park sterf, waaronder Edward Leeper, wie se motor, volgens IndyStar, "die baan verlaat en Leeper teen 'n boom gegooi het en sy skedel verpletter het."

Houtbleikers met 'n metaaldak staan ​​nog steeds by die nou geslote Jungle Park SpeedwayDonderdag 12 Mei 2016. Die Jungle Park Speedway van 1/2 myl, aan die oewer van Sugar Creek naby Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana het in 1926 geopen en bedryf aan en af ​​tot sluiting in 1960. (Foto: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Maar in 'n tyd toe veiligheidsgordels nie bestaan ​​nie en noodhulp noodsaaklik was, was dit wedrenne. Even Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a sophisticated, well-funded racing operation, had 22 fatalities in the 1930s, three of them spectators.

Still, Jungle Park's casual approach to safety made it stand out. Most of the track didn't have an outside retainer wall, so cars frequently went careening into the trees and even into nearby Sugar Creek.

The high-banked turns meant high speeds. "They'd get up to over 100 mph," said Tom W. Williams, a retired engineer and racing fan who wrote the book "The Ghosts of Jungle Park." "It was dangerous as all get out."

Fans poured in. A small hotel, which later burned down, was built on the grounds. And there also was a restaurant made to look like a windmill, which remains today but is empty.

Henry Schlosser wreck at Jungle Park Speedway, May 7, 1939. Schlosser sits on track, his wrecked and overturned car is nearby but he was able to walk away. (Photo: Photo by Bob Sheldon, courtesy of the Gene Crucean Collection.)

"Jungle Park got a reputation for being a very treacherous place," said Dick Jordan, longtime publicity director for the United States Auto Club, who remembers very clearly being at Jungle Park on Sept. 28, 1952. He was 6. He can still see Ralph Scott losing control of his racer and crashing spectacularly, fatally. "That was part of the spectacle of auto racing, to try and cheat death, and to a certain extent it still is," Jordan said. "I hate to think that's the case, but there's something to that."

Jungle Park's crowds on a good day hovered around 5,000. Some fans sat in the grandstand, but many more sat on a hill off the fourth turn or in the infield. Others gathered in the wooded hills outside the grounds and caught glimpses for free.

A flimsy metal screen was all that separated spectators from the nearby racing surface at Jungle Park Speedway. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

"It was rowdy and crowded," said Robert Dicks, 72, a lifelong racing enthusiast. "I was like 4 or 5 years old. I remember the drinking was heavy. So we're standing at the fence watching the race, and there's a drunk sticking a firecracker in a guy's shoe. And he lights it, and the guy is hopping around .

"People drank beer, long necks. One car went off the track on the back stretch and flipped and caught on fire, and back then they didn't have much safety equipment, and people ran to put out the fire with their beer. I remember one drunk bought my brother a case of snow cones. How could you eat 24 snow cones?"

Good times, perhaps, for the spectators, but not so much for the race drivers. Aug. 24, 1930, was a particularly trying day. As the drivers prepared for the final race, the "feature" race, the promoter advised that the promised $700 purse would instead be $400. The racers refused to race.

The remains of power hook ups are visible on the side of the remaining spectator stand at the now closed Jungle Park Speedway, Thursday May 12th, 2016. The 1/2 mile Jungle Park Speedway, on the banks of Sugar Creek near Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana opened in 1926 and operated on and off until closing in 1960. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Race fans, seeing the drivers packing up their gear, felt cheated and took out their wrath on the speedway. They "tore down part of the fence," IndyStar reported, "destroyed a part of the bleachers and dismantled and wrecked the lighting system, which had been installed to accommodate night racing."

Jack Shanklin, 86, Camby, one of the last people still alive to have driven a race car at Jungle Park. It was a '39 Ford stock car in 1950. Shanklin was 20 and racing under the name Bill Ewbanks because his parents would have stopped him had they known. He borrowed a helmet from Bobby Hunter, a stock car driver from Indianapolis.

"I turned over between Turns 3 and 4 during qualifying," Shanklin said. "There was no guardrail or nothing. I went over the bank. It wasn't at all organized.

"They didn't even have a stopwatch. They were supposed to be using a stopwatch for qualifications, and the guy had a silver dollar in his hand, acting like he had a stopwatch in his hand."

Wooden bleachers with a metal roof still stand next to the entrance at the now closed Jungle Park Speedway, Thursday May 12th, 2016. The 1/2 mile Jungle Park Speedway, on the banks of Sugar Creek near Turkey Run State Park in Parke County, Indiana opened in 1926 and operated on and off until closing in 1960. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton/The Indianapolis Star)

Hunter was a spectator at Jungle Park a few times but never drove there. "In 1955," Hunter said, "I ran 50 some race tracks all over the United States, and Jungle Park was the worst track I was ever in. There were some tracks down in Georgia that were bad, but Jungle Park — it had trees in the way."

As crowds diminished, racing at Jungle Park ceased in 1955. In October 1960 the old track took one last breath. A midget car race was staged on the quarter-mile dirt track. It ended horribly when driver Arlis Marcum, of Indianapolis, swerved to avoid another car and one of his wheels hit a hole in the track. "The front end of the car bounced high into the air," IndyStar reported, "and came down through the fence and into the crowd."

Annabelle Sigafoose, 37, Terre Haute, was sitting on a blanket, watching the race. She saw the car coming toward her and started to move away but did not move fast enough. The car struck her, dragged her, killed her.

That ended racing at Jungle Park.

Wooden bleachers with a metal roof still stand. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)

Once idled, the track was allowed to fade back in the woods. Four of the five grandstands soon rotted and collapsed, and the debris was hauled away. Since 1972 the property has been owned by longtime Parke County residents Beverly Chaplain and her son, Monte. They operated a canoe livery there for decades. "We never had any intention of renovating the race track," said Monte Chaplain, whose uncle, Charlie Sentman, raced there. "We just needed an access point for Sugar Creek."

The Chaplains no longer are in the canoe business. They have no long-term plans for the property, most of which is in a flood plain and therefore unavailable for development. In 2003 they hosted a reunion of Jungle Park racers and race fans. People brought more than a dozen old race cars. They had another reunion in 2004 and another one in 2009.

Fewer and fewer people are alive who remember the Jungle Park Speedway, but another reunion is planned for this fall.

"It's a historical type site," Monte Chaplain said, "and it's extremely beautiful, and I'm along the lines of just preserving it."

Call IndyStar reporter Will Higgins at 317-444-6043. Follow him on Twitter @WillRHiggins.

The former Jungle Park Pit Stop windmill building and former antique store is now closed next to the former Jungle Park Speedway. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / Indy Star)


Timeline of Auto Racing Tragedies

By John Gettings

August 11

NASCAR driver J.D. McDuffie is killed in an accident during the Budweiser at the Glen Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

13 Augustus

Three days before the Champion 400 at Michigan International Speedway, 27 year old Clifford Allison?son of Bobby and younger brother of Davey?is killed during a practice run.

15 Mei

Philippine IndyCar driver Jovy Marcelo, 27, is killed in an accident while practicing for his first Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

11 Februarie

Four years after suffering a serious head injury in a crash that threatened his career, NASCAR veteran Neil Bonnett, 47, is killed on the first day of practice for the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

February 14

Three days after Bonnett's crash (the day of his funeral, in fact), 31 year old rookie driver Rodney Orr dies from injuries sustained in a practice run crash at Daytona.

April 30

Formula One rookie Roland Ratzenberger, 31, of Austria, dies during qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy.

May 1

Three-time Formula One champion Ayrton Senna, 34, dies during the San Marino Grand Prix in Imola, Italy, of injuries he sustained after his car went off the track, slid across a long grassy area, and hit a concrete wall. A national hero in his native Brazil, President Itamar Franco declared three days of national mourning and closed schools on the day of his funeral.

17 Mei

IndyCar veteran Scott Brayton, 40, wins the pole position for the 1996 Indianapolis 500 but is killed after a tire deflation causes his car to crash into a retaining wall during a practice run at the Indianapolis (Ind.) Motor Speedway. He becomes the 40th driver to be killed at the sports' most famous race track.

14 Julie

Rookie driver Jeff Krosnoff, 31, dies from injuries sustained in an accident on the 92nd lap of the 95-lap Toronto Molson Indy at Exhibition Place. Krosnoff's car made wheel-to-wheel contact with another car, sending it into the air, over a concrete barrier, and into a tree. A track employee was also killed in the accident when he was struck by Krosnoff's wrecked car.

January 11

NASCAR truck series driver John Nemechek, the 27 year old younger brother of Winston Cup driver, Joe, dies from serious head trauma during an accident at Homestead, Fla.

11 September

Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) driver Gonzalo Rodriguez, 27, of Uruguay, is killed during practice for the Shell 300 at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

31 Oktober

CART series driver Greg Moore, 24, of Canada, dies in a crash in the final race of the 1999 season at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Moore lost control of his car at 220 mph on lap 10 and crashed into a wall, sending his car into wild spins.

May 12

NASCAR driver Adam Petty, 19, is killed after his car spins out and crashes into the wall in Turn 3 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H. A fourth-generation NASCAR driver (along with great-grandfather, Lee, grandfather, Richard, and father, Kyle), Petty was practicing for a Busch series race the following day.

July 7

Eight weeks to the day after Adam Petty's crash, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kenny Irwin is killed in the same turn on the same race track in Loudon, N.H., during practice for the thatlook.com 300. Irwin's car hit the concrete wall and flipped on its roof. Both Irwin's and Petty's crashes at the speedway are blamed on a stuck accelerator that prevented the drivers from slowing down.

13 Oktober

NASCAR Craftsman Truck series driver Tony Roper, 35, dies in a crash during the O'Reilly 400 at Texas Motor Speedway in Ft. Worth, Texas. Roper's car brushed another during the 32nd lap and slammed head-on to the wall, bursting into flames and spinning out of control.

February 18

Seven-time Winston Cup champion Dale Earnhardt, 49, dies in a last-lap crash at the Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. Earnhardt is killed when his car bumps Sterling Marlin's car and spins out, is hit on the side by Ken Schrader's car, and crashes head-on into the outside wall at approximately 180 mph. Earnhardt is the 27th driver to die at Daytona since the track opened in 1959.


FANS HAVE BEEN HURT AT SPEEDWAY BEFORE

When concrete walls and reinforced fences are all that stand between flying pieces of wreckage and thousands of fans, spectators always face a risk at the race track.

Here are some of the incidents at Daytona International Speedway in which fans have been injured:

In February 1997, Ernie Irvan's hood was sheared off at the Daytona 500 and sailed over a 14-foot fence and into the grandstands. A fan's arm was broken. Speedway officials deemed the incident a "freak accident."

Six spectators were hit by flying debris at the 1988 Daytona 500 when six cars spun out and Donnie Allison's Buick smashed into the wall. One man was carried away on a stretcher with a 5-inch cut on his head. He received 50 stitches at the track's first-aid station. None of the other fans was injured seriously.

Although Daytona International Speedway never has seen a fan fatality, other tracks haven't been so fortunate. Some recent examples:

Three spectators died and six were injured in July 1998 at Michigan International Speedway, after a tire and suspension parts flew over a fence.

Nine months later, three fans died and eight were hurt while watching a race at Lowe's Motor Speedway near Charlotte, N.C. They were hit by a tire and suspension parts.

A fan was killed at the Indianapolis 500 in May 1987 by the crushing impact of a tire that was hurled from a speeding car.


AT STAFFORD, SAFETY ALWAYS FIRST

It has been 15 years since Corky Cookman'scar sailed into the grandstands at Stafford Motor Speedway and injured 32 people.

Stafford owner Jack Arute Sr. thinks the odds of that happening again are much closer to none than slim. Then again, nobody could have predicted three spectators would be killed at the U.S 500 after a tire and debris flew into the grandstands Sunday at Michigan Speedway.

"If you're born to be hung, you'll never be shot," Arute said. "That's why I would never screw with the Guy upstairs."

Instead, he must answer to officials from the Department of Motor Vehicles every Friday night. Arute said the DMV, which oversees racing in the state, does a thorough inspection before fans start arriving.

The track also must pass an inspection every spring. Having previously been in the construction business, the Arute family knows about safety.

"That's why I'm such a stickler with safety things," Arute said.

Stafford CEO and general manager Mark Arute said the track exceeds safety standards mandated by the state. The facility must also adhere to specifications required by an insurance company.

Shortly after Cookman's accident, Stafford constructed a fence with three-quarter inch cables along the frontstretch. Some areas have secondary barriers.

"One of the biggest factors at Stafford is the grandstand being set back from the racing surface," Mark Arute said. "They're not up against the race track like some other facilities.

"We've been written up in various magazines as having one of the safest starter stands in the country. That's not saying things can't happen."

In 1979, the starter at the old Danbury Fair Racearena was killed when a car became airborne and hit the stand.

"Nothing is foolproof. I don't care what kind of fence you put up there," said Brian Ross, who was racing at Stafford the night Cookman crashed into the stands. "I think it has something to do with us being mortals and someone else being in charge there. Every once in a while, I think we just get a reminder."

Rusty Wallace likes his chances

in the Brickyard 400 Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He has finished seventh or better in three of the previous four races, including a second in 1995.

Wallace drives for Roger Penske, who has spent more time than anyone in victory lane at Indy. Penske drivers have won 11 Indy 500s.

A victory would end Wallace's winless streak at 47, the longest of his career.

"That would be one heckuva way to bring that to an end, wouldn't it?," Wallace said. "I've already got a big suitcase picked out to take all that money home in."

Many say the chemistry between Jeff Gordon and crew chief Ray Evernham is the best in Winston Cup. They will team up in Busch Grand National next season.

Gordon-Evernham Motorsports will field a BGN team that plans on running between 5-10 races in 1999. "Actually, [my wife] Brooke and Ray are the owners," Gordon said. "I'm just the driver."

"I think we'll let Ray call the shots," Gordon said.

NASCAR could not have asked for a better way to celebrate its 50th anniversary than Dale Earnhardt finally winning the Daytona 500 after finding every which way to lose it.

Three weeks ago, Ricky Craven returned from post-concussion syndrome to win the pole at New Hampshire International Speedway. Since then, some have speculated that NASCAR has been writing its own history to keep fans interested in the sport.


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