NASCAR Crashes: The 20 Most Dangerous Near-Disasters in Cup History

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NASCAR Crashes: The 20 Most Dangerous Near-Disasters in Cup History
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Although many fans wouldn't like to admit it, crashes are as much a part of NASCAR as lead changes, photo finishes and Jimmie Johnson winning Sprint Cup championships.

Even though it seems as if the amount of crashes in the sport has decreased a bit since the rise of the Car of Tomorrow in the 2007 season, there's no question that crashes have occurred that have caused viewers to gasp in shock—fearing the worst for the driver(s) involved.

Obviously, myriad accidents happened up to that point in which drivers cheated death or severe injury.

Here's a look at 20 wrecks and accidents that could have been much, much worse.

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