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Daytona, scariest thing I ever saw!

Daytona Racing, scariest thing I ever saw...

Whenever Daytona 500 time rolls around I remember this one.

Here is a slide show video of a fiery crash in the Daytona 500 consolation race from 1984.  I was standing on pit road when this happened.  If you have been to Daytona, it's a really big place.  From where I was on pit road it was several hundred yards maybe even a 1/4 mile away.  A few seconds after the crash I just felt a huge heat wave blow over me.  To make it even worse my dad was in this race.  He was way behind this accident.  Look at :52 in to the video and you'll see car #50 pass under the accident.  He was 50 years old at the time and trying to be NASCARS oldest rookie.

This was  scary stuff and quite amazing that both drivers survived, although with some serious injuries.

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Comment balloon 9 commentsBob Southard • February 12 2010 07:22AM

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That is scary.  why were there so few people in the stands?

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 8 years ago

The cars today are so much more safe than the "old" days. Growing up outside of Daytona I always watched these guys - before it became big time!

Posted by Gary L. Waters, Broker Owner, Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC, ... a small office, delivering big service! (Waters Realty of Brevard, LLC) over 8 years ago

Bob,

Many people don't realize the improvements in safety for our street autos that have resulted from automobile racing. A good example is the placement and desighn of fuel tanks because of crashes like this one. Thanks for the post and I will be watching on Sunday!

Posted by Calvin Cowles (Cowles Home Inspection Services Inc.) over 8 years ago
Still being here during the Daytona 500 it is still scary stuff. Although much safer these days than in yesteryear.
Posted by Cindy Steinemann, Remax Premier (www.LadyBugMe.com) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the comments

 

The cars are much safer now.  Of course, at the time they were as safe as they knew how to make them.  The fuel was contained in an aircraft type fuel cell with a rubber bladder.  But if you hit it hard enough it will still rupture.

It was a consolation race for the drivers who did not Qualify for the 500.  Not a big race in the scheme of things that's why there were so few folks in the stands.

 

 

 

Posted by Bob Southard, e-Pro - Cobb, Cherokee, North Fulton (Atlas Realty Service, LLC) over 8 years ago

It's good to know that things are safer now. My uncle had an opportunity to drive in Daytona (not the 500) and loved it. 

Posted by Darrell Walters (W. Darrell Walters) over 8 years ago
Frightening indeed. Those drivers must always be concerned that, one day, they may be involved in a serious crash. I'll stay-off the track and leave it to these professionals.
Posted by Tom Boos, Providing the very best of service to Sellers and (Sine & Monaghan Realtors, Real Living) over 8 years ago

I still wish it was truly "stock car" racing.  not that I am a fan of the sport at all, but at least in the golden days of racing they actually raced stock cars... at least the bodies resembled cars you could buy.

Posted by Robert Rauf (HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ)) over 8 years ago

You should watch Jr's wreck from today's Nationwide race....$100,000+ in car and $millions in sponsorship flipping at close to 200mph!!!

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

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