List of NASCAR fatal accidents

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14 drivers have died at Daytona International Speedway, more than any other circuit.

This presumably incomplete list covers drivers who lost their lives while competing in or in preparation for (practice, qualifying, testing) races sanctioned by NASCAR, which has been holding events since 1948. The list does not depict spectators, track marshals, or crew members.

The list includes drivers who competed in current or previous incarnations of the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, Camping World Truck Series, Whelen Modified Tour or NASCAR Toyota Series. It also shows drivers who participated in former series like the Sportsman Series (before and after 1982), Grand American, Convertible Division or Dash Series prior to 2004.

The list also includes three drivers – Don Williams, Bruce Jacobi, and Rick Baldwin – who lingered in (semi)comas for years following their respective accidents. Moreover, Jim Robinson is listed: He never recovered from head injuries sustained in a crash which had occurred almost eight years before he died of complications from pneumonia.

Fatal incidents, by decade: 1940s - 1; 1950s - 14; 1960s - 9; 1970s - 6; 1980s - 15; 1990s - 11; 2000s - 9; 2010s - 0; total - 65.

The most fatalities in a year is 3, which occurred seven times — 1953, 1956, 1964, 1965, 1987, 1989, 2000.

Drivers from the top level of NASCAR (currently "Sprint Cup Series") have had the most fatal accidents, with 28. All but three of the fatalities involved drivers from the United States (two drivers from Mexico, one from Canada), and all but two of the fatalities happened at NASCAR races held in the United States (two in Mexico).

Safety in the sport has evolved through the decades. Advances in roll cages, window nets, seat mounts, air flaps, helmets, driving suits, on-site medical facilities with helicopters, SAFER Barriers1 and the HANS device2 are some of the improvements that may have contributed to the decline in fatalities since the 1980s.

Accidents

Driver Date of accident Race Circuit Series During
Mexico Carlos Pardo3note 1 June 14, 2009 100-lap race Autódromo Miguel E. Abed Mexico Corona Series Race
United States John Blewett III4 August 16, 2007 New England Dodge Dealers 150 Thompson International Speedway Whelen Modified Tour Race
United States Tom Baldwin Sr.5 August 19, 2004 New England Dodge Dealers/Budweiser 150 Thompson International Speedway Featherlite Modified Series Race
Mexico Marcelo Núñeznote 2 August 1, 2004 80-lap race Autódromo Monterrey Desafío Corona Race
United States John Baker6 June 8, 2002 K&N Filters 150 Irwindale Speedway Featherlite Southwest Tour Race
United States Dale Earnhardt7 February 18, 2001 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Race
United States Tony Roper8note 3 October 13, 2000 O'Reilly 400 Texas Motor Speedway Craftsman Truck Series Race
United States Kenny Irwin, Jr.10 July 7, 2000 thatlook.com 300 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Winston Cup Series Practice
United States Adam Petty11 May 12, 2000 Busch 200 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Busch Grand National Series Practice
United States John Nemechek12note 4 March 16, 1997 Florida Dodge Dealers 400K Homestead-Miami Speedway Craftsman Truck Series Race
United States Russell Phillips14 October 6, 1995 Winston 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Limited Sportsman Division Race
United States Rodney Orr15 February 14, 1994 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Practice
United States Neil Bonnett16 February 11, 1994 Daytona 500 Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Practice
United States Joe Booher17 February 12, 1993 Florida 200 Daytona International Speedway Goody's Dash Series Race
United States Clifford Allison18 August 13, 1992 Detroit Gasket 200 Michigan International Speedway Busch Grand National Series Practice
United States Gary Batson19note 5 May 15, 1992 Sportsman 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Limited Sportsman Division Qualifying Race
United States J. D. McDuffie21 August 11, 1991 Budweiser At The Glen Watkins Glen International Winston Cup Series Race
United States Gary Neice22note 6 May 4, 1991 Carquest 300 South Boston Speedway Busch Grand National Series Race
United States David Gaines24 May 16, 1990 Sportsman 100 Charlotte Motor Speedway Limited Sportsman Division Practice
United States Tony Jankowiak25 April 22, 1990 Coors Spring Sizzler Stafford Motor Speedway Winston Modified Tour Race
United States Grant Adcox26 November 19, 1989 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway Winston Cup Series Race
United States Don Pratt27 September 17, 1989 Sunoco Race of Champions Pocono Raceway Winston Modified Tour Race
United States Tommy Druar June 10, 1989 30-lap race Lancaster Speedway Winston Modified Tour Race
United States Jim Robinson28note 7 February 7, 1988 Skoal Bandit Copper World Classic Phoenix International Raceway Featherlite Southwest Tour Race
United States Corky Cookman30 July 19, 1987 75-lap Outside Pole Qualifier Thompson International Speedway Winston Modified Tour Race
United States Charlie Jarzombek31 March 22, 1987 Miller 500 Classic Martinsville Speedway Winston Modified Tour Race
United States Joe Young32 February 13, 1987 Komfort Koach 200 Daytona International Speedway Charlotte/Daytona Dash Series Race
United States Rick Baldwinnote 8 June 14, 1986 Miller American 400 Michigan International Speedway Winston Cup Series Qualifying
United States Charles Ogle33note 9 December 15, 1985 Test Daytona International Speedway Charlotte/Daytona Dash Series Testing
United States Richie Evans35 October 24, 1985 Winn-Dixie 500 Martinsville Speedway Winston Modified Tour Practice
United States Terry Schoonover36 November 11, 1984 Atlanta Journal 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway Winston Cup Series Race
United States Bruce Jacobi37note 10 February 17, 1983 UNO Twin 125 Qualifier Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Qualifying Race
United States John Nelson39note 11 May 29, 1982 Bowman Gray Stadium Practice
United States Ricky Knotts40 February 14, 1980 125 Mile Qualifying Race Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Qualifying Race
United States Tim Williamson41 January 12, 1980 Stock Car Products 300 Riverside International Raceway Race
United States Don Williams42note 12 February 17, 1979 Sportsman 300 Daytona International Speedway Late Model Sportsman Division Race
United States Sonny Easley44 January 15, 1978 Stock Car Products 300 Riverside International Raceway Practice
United States Tiny Lund45 August 17, 1975 Talladega 500 Talladega Superspeedway Winston Cup Series Race
United States Larry Smith46 August 12, 1973 Talladega 500 Talladega Superspeedway Winston Cup Series Race
United States Friday Hassler47 February 17, 1972 125 Mile Qualifying Race Daytona International Speedway Winston Cup Series Qualifying Race
United States Talmadge Prince48 February 19, 1970 125 Mile Qualifying Race Daytona International Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Don MacTavish49 February 22, 1969 Daytona Permatex 300 Daytona International Speedway Late Model Sportsman Division Race
Canada Billy Foster50 January 20, 1967 Motor Trend 500 Riverside International Raceway Grand National Series Practice
United States Harold Kite51 October 17, 1965 National 400 Charlotte Motor Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Buren Skeen52note 13 September 6, 1965 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway Grand National Series Race
United States Billy Wade54 January 5, 1965 Goodyear Tire Test Daytona International Speedway Grand National Series Testing
United States Jimmy Pardue55 September 22, 1964 Goodyear Tire Test Charlotte Motor Speedway Grand National Series Testing
United States Fireball Roberts56note 14 May 24, 1964 World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Joe Weatherly58 January 19, 1964 Motor Trend 500 Riverside International Raceway Grand National Series Race
United States Harold Haberling59 February 21, 1961 Modified Sportsman Race Daytona International Speedway Modified Series Practice
United States Glen Wagner60 September 28, 1958 100-mile race in Syracuse New York State Fairgrounds Sportsman Division Race
United States Gwyn Staley61 March 23, 1958 100-mile race Richmond International Raceway Convertible Division Race
United States Bobby Myers62 September 2, 1957 Southern 500 Darlington Raceway Grand National Series Race
United States Cotton Priddy63 June 10, 1956 250-mile race Memphis-Arkansas Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Clint McHugh64 June 9, 1956 250-mile race Memphis-Arkansas Speedway Grand National Series Qualifying
United States John McVitty65 April 21, 1956 150-mile race Langhorne Speedway Grand National Series Qualifying
United States Al Briggs66note 15 February 26, 1955 125-mile race Daytona Beach Road Course Modified Series Race
United States Lou Figaronote 16 October 24, 1954 Wilkes 160 North Wilkesboro Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Dick Kaufman68 February 20, 1954 125-mile race Daytona Beach Road Course Modified Series Race
United States Jesse Midkiff69 September 19, 1953 200-mile race Raleigh Speedway Sportsman Division/Modified Series Race
United States Bill Blevins69 September 19, 1953 200-mile race Raleigh Speedway Sportsman Division/Modified Series Race
United States Frank Arford June 20, 1953 International 200 Langhorne Speedway Grand National Series Qualifying
United States Larry Mann September 14, 1952 250-mile race Langhorne Speedway Grand National Series Race
United States Rex Stansell70note 17 July 4, 1952 200-mile race Darlington Raceway Sportsman Division/Modified Series Race
United States Bill "Slick" Davis July 25, 1948 Greensboro Fairgrounds Modified Series Race

By circuit

Circuit Fatal accidents
Total First Last
Florida Daytona International Speedway 14 1961 2001
North Carolina Charlotte Motor Speedway 6 1964 1995
California Riverside International Raceway 4 1964 1980
Connecticut Thompson International Speedway 3 1987 2007
South Carolina Darlington Raceway 1952 1965
Pennsylvania Langhorne Speedway 1952 1956
New Hampshire New Hampshire Motor Speedway 2 2000 2000
Michigan Michigan International Speedway 1986 1992
Georgia (U.S. state) Atlanta Motor Speedway 1984 1989
Virginia Martinsville Speedway 1985 1987
Alabama Talladega Superspeedway 1973 1975
Arkansas Memphis-Arkansas Speedway 1956 1956
Florida Daytona Beach Road Course 1954 1955
North Carolina Raleigh Speedway 1953 1953
Puebla Autódromo Miguel E. Abed 1 2009
Nuevo León Autódromo Monterrey 2004
California Irwindale Speedway 2002
Texas Texas Motor Speedway 2000
Florida Homestead-Miami Speedway 1997
New York Watkins Glen International 1991
Virginia South Boston Speedway 1991
Connecticut Stafford Motor Speedway 1990
Pennsylvania Pocono Raceway 1989
New York Lancaster Speedway 1989
Arizona Phoenix International Raceway 1988
North Carolina Bowman Gray Stadium 1982
New York New York State Fairgrounds 1958
Virginia Richmond International Raceway 1958
North Carolina North Wilkesboro Speedway 1954
North Carolina Greensboro Fairgrounds 1948

See also

Notes

  1. ^ The race was suspended with Pardo being declared the posthumous winner.3
  2. ^ The 26-year-old driver died on August 9, 2004, eight days after his crash.
  3. ^ Roper died on October 14, 2000, the day following his crash.9
  4. ^ Nemechek died on March 21, 1997, five days after his crash.13
  5. ^ The 40-year-old restaurateur died on May 16, 1992, the day following his crash.20
  6. ^ The 36-year-old driver hit a wall at a slow pace but died of a heart attack.23
  7. ^ Never having recovered from head injuries, Robinson died on December 28, 1995, almost eight years after his crash.29
  8. ^ Having remained in a coma for eleven years, Baldwin died on June 12, 1997.
  9. ^ The 44-year-old physician died on December 26, 1985, eleven days after his crash.34
  10. ^ Having remained in a semicomatose state for four years, Jacobi died on February 4, 1987.38
  11. ^ The 51-year-old driver died after suffering a heart attack.39
  12. ^ Having remained in a semicomatose state for more than ten years, Williams died on May 21, 1989.43
  13. ^ Skeen died on September 13, 1965, a week after his crash.53
  14. ^ Roberts died on July 2, 1964, 39 days after his crash.57
  15. ^ Briggs died on February 27, 1955, the day following his crash.67
  16. ^ Figaro died on October 25, 1954, the day following his crash.
  17. ^ Stansell died on July 5, 1952, the day following his crash.71

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  65. ^ "John McVitty Is Killed Driving". Daytona Beach Sunday News-Journal. Associated Press. April 22, 1956. 
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