Racing has starred in a number of crashes, including the recent one during a race's final lap. Here are some crashes from the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series.
Who would think that, in just one glance, oval racing would be capable of delivering some heart-stopping moments? Even so, running at around 322 km per hour besides each other, cars could go flying in just one slight tag.
In particular, the NASCAR Cup Series—considered as the premier professional stock car racing competition in the world—has produced some of the most hair-raising accidents in autosport history in which some drivers lose their careers, or their lives, in the process.
Here are three of the crazy crashes that happened in this season’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
1 | Heavy Contact Left One Smoking in South Carolina
“He must have been pitting.”
That was how Clint Bowyer recalled the movement of Ryan Newman before the two collided during the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 2.
On the 312th lap, Newman—with the black No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1—slowed down to presumably head for the pits, when the fast approaching blue No. 14 Steward-Haas Racing Ford Fusion of Bowyer swiped him on the left rear. Bowyer’s car came out worse of the two as it struck the race wall head-on twice, forcing him to retire from the race.
2 | Car Ran Amok in Pennsylvania
“[There is] no feeling like being helpless in that situation… and it scared the hell out of me.”
Those were the words of Darrell Wallace Jr. after he smashed into the perimeter wall of the Pocono Raceway during the Gander Outdoors 400.
After encountering a brake failure before a long left-hander, “Bubba” maneuvered his white No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 into the grass to slow down the wild vehicle, before hitting violently the wall with the right rear side of the car.
3 | Dramatic Final Lap in Charlotte
“[He] used me as brakes and turned us both around… it sucks.”
Martin Truex Jr. was left frustrated after a race victory was snatched from his hands just meters away from the checkered flag.
During the last lap of the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course, Truex—inside the No. 78 sky blue Furniture Row Racing Toyota Camry—was heavily defending his slim lead against Jimmie Johnson. Heading to the final chicane, Johnson’s No. 48 black Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 locked up the front left wheel, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
Johnson spun and hit the Toyota’s rear, which then caused Truex to spin as well at the final turn of the Roval. The crash cost both drivers places as the oncoming traffic easily overtook their cars.
As technology continues to evolve, NASCAR requires all stock cars in the competition to meet multiple safety standards. At the same time, racers continue to fight inch by inch to a race victory, even if failure could result in a spectacular crash.