Which NASCAR driver died recently?
Former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was shot and killed Saturday night after an altercation. Townley was 31.
What happened Ernie Ervin?
It was a morning practice run on August 20 at the Michigan International Speedway. Ernie Irvan’s vehicle flew around the track around 170 miles an hour when his car cut the right-front tire, and the vehicle made a sharp right turn and violently slammed into the wall. Irvan was unconscious and trapped inside.
What NASCAR driver died in 2020?
NASCAR issued a statement Sunday afternoon: “We are saddened to learn of the passing of former driver and owner Eric McClure. NASCAR extends its deepest condolences to Eric’s family and friends.”
What NASCAR driver died in 2021?
Rest In Peace Dad!” Unser is the third member of one of America’s most famed racing families to die in 2021. His oldest brother, three-time Indy 500 winner Bobby Unser, died in May; Bobby Unser Jr. died six weeks after his father.
How many NASCAR drivers have died racing?
The NASCAR Cup Series has seen 28 driver fatalities, the most recent of which occurred on February 18, 2001, when Dale Earnhardt was killed on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Safety in the sport has evolved through the decades.
What NASCAR driver lost an eye?
A retired NASCAR competitor, he is best remembered for his comeback after a serious head injury suffered from a crash during a race in 1994 that left him with only a 10% chance of survival.
|Born||Virgil Earnest Irvan January 13, 1959 Salinas, California|
What happened to Robert Yates?
Yates retired as a NASCAR Sprint Cup Team Owner after 2007, giving Yates Racing to his son, Doug. In 2010 he came out of retirement to form a new company, Robert Yates Racing Engines, with his son-in-law Chris Davy as his partner. On May 24, 2017, Yates was voted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018.
Has anyone survived a basilar skull fracture?
Gone entirely from NASCAR is basilar skull fracture, an injury so deadly that Irvan is the only driver to have survived it, in 1994.
What happened to Dale Earnhardt?
Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S. On the afternoon of February 18, 2001, American auto racing driver and team owner Dale Earnhardt was killed instantly in a final-lap collision in the Daytona 500, in which he crashed into a retaining wall after making contact with Sterling Marlin and Ken Schrader.
Has anyone died in Nascar since Dale Earnhardt?
The other five drivers to pass away since Earnhardt are Michael Roberts, Mark Hutto, John Baker, Tom Baldwin Sr. and John Blewett III. Roberts passed away in March of 2001 before Hutto passed away in April of 2002, Baker passed away in June of 2002, Baldwin passed away in August of 2004 and Blewett passed away in 2007.
Who won the race the day Earnhardt died?
Earnhardt’s car crashed head-on into the retaining wall, killing Earnhardt instantly. Three cars were involved in the crash.
2001 Daytona 500.
|No. 15||Michael Waltrip||Dale Earnhardt, Inc.|
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What NASCAR driver shot his wife?
Authorities in Georgia say former NASCAR driver John Wes Townley was fatally shot on Saturday as he attacked his estranged wife and another man with a hatchet. According to Athens police, officers arrived at a residence and found Laura Townley, 30, and John Townley, 31, shot.
Who died in NASCAR 17 years ago today?
17 years ago today, NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, Sr. died in a crash at the Daytona 500; he was 49.
Who is the most popular NASCAR driver of all time?
1. Dale Earnhardt. Why He’s Here: Earnhardt won only one Most Popular Driver award, and it came posthumously after his death in the last-lap accident in the 2001 Daytona 500.