The 20 Most Spectacular Crashes in NASCAR History (With Video)
Since the early days of NASCAR, hundreds of wrecks have fueled efforts to protect drivers, crew members, and fans from the inevitable dangers of the world's fastest sport.
Regardless of safety innovations, fans will continue to delight in the spectacular and mourn the tragic in the wake of crashes throughout the circuits.
Let's take a look at 20 of the most memorable crashes in NASCAR's history:
No. 20: Michael McDowell, Samsung 500 Qualifying Run, 2008
During qualifying for the 2008 Samsung 500 at the Texas Motor Speedway, Michael McDowell lost control and slammed into a barrier in turn one.
Amazingly, the rookie driver walked away from the wreck.
No. 19: Michael Waltrip, Bristol, 1990
Accidents happen, but a simple oversight caused an amazing wreck during the 1990 Budweiser 250.
Michael Waltrip’s Pontiac brushed the wall in turn two, pushing open the gate used to access the track’s infield.
The gate hadn’t been properly secured, and Waltrip’s car slammed into a cement barrier and appeared to explode. He walked away with only minor bumps and bruises.
No. 18: Mike Harmon, Bristol, 2002
No. 17: The Biggest Crash Ever, Daytona, 1960
No. 16: Rusty Wallace, Daytona 1993
Derrike Cope appeared to bump Wallace, causing his car to flip through the air in spectacular fashion.
No. 15: Richard Petty, Darlington, 1970
No. 14: Rusty Wallace, Talladega, 1993
No. 13: Ricky Rudd Pit Row Crash, Atlanta, 1980
No. 12: Richard Petty, Daytona, 1988
Petty’s Pontiac struck the wall and spun out before rolling over several times in Daytona. It seemed to take forever for the safety personnel to respond to the accident.