There's not a NASCAR fan alive that doesn't enjoy a good wreck down the stretch. The drama involved, the impact it has on the race, and just the pure site of a car plummeting into the air and down the track is enough to make any fan's heart race.
But, more comes out of these wrecks than just an awesome site. Over the years these crashes have molded and innovated the sport to make it safer for the drivers.
Here's a list of the most brutal crashes that shaped NASCAR into the sport it is today.