As we saw in part one, things can get pretty wild, pretty fast on the racetrack.
And as we continue to showcase some of the worst crashes we have ever seen, that still holds true. But remember, despite how dangerous each one of these crashes got, each driver went on to race another day.
Critter Malone at Winchester Speedway (1991)
At Winchester, everything happens in the blink of an eye. As Chris “Critter” Malone came flying off turn two in his heat race, he had just enough time to hold his breath and brace for impact with the spinning Bev Griffis. Malone was shaken up and took a hospital visit, but was back at the track in time for the feature...as a spectator.
Steve Barth at Indianapolis Raceway Park (1994)
Steve Barth endured some of the most bone-jarring wrecks throughout his USAC career. But none more so than when he launched over a right rear wheel and found the nook and cranny between the billboards and the outside wall in turn three at IRP.
Dale Sexton Jr. at Ventura Raceway (1991)
Week 1, heat 1, lap 1 of Thunder’s first ever visit to Ventura resulted in a tumultuous tumble for young Dale Sexton Jr. Though Sexton was knocked out after hard contact with the top of the turn one wall, he’d make a complete recovery and return to racing action soon after.
T.J. Nish at Winchester Speedway (1990)
T.J. Nish didn’t make many USAC Sprint Car appearances in his career, nor did he make very many appearances at Winchester Speedway. However, he’ll always be linked with this horrific ride he took there in 1990 when he met wall. He was able to walk away and tell this story of how he escaped injury, but ultimately not the wrath of the high banks.
Dave Durnwald at Winchester Speedway (1992)
Crashing at Winchester is frightening enough as it is, but when you combine that with fire, that results in one of the most harrowing situations a driver can be put in. Durnwald looked eye-to-eye with the flames as they consumed the cockpit. With quick work by the rescue crew and quality safety equipment, Durnwald escaped to race another day.