Wrecks are a painful reality that all professional and amateur racers have to face. Whether you race bikes, cars, trucks, or boats – the threat of knowing that any small obstacle can cause is always there. Many professionals admit that it is this intangible threat that makes their obsession with racing so strong. You have to be aware as a drag racer. – June 27, 2004 – Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois was the scene of a crash that ended 35 year old Darrell Russell’s life Sunday, June 27, 2004. He was traveling at 322.72 miles per hour when the unthinkable exploding rear tire happened.
Some Of The Most Talked About Crashes in the History of Motorcycle Racing
Ben Campanale, born in 1914, became a local celebrity when he attached an airplane propeller to an old motorcycle, using it to drag people across a frozen lake at 80+ miles an hour. He moved on to racing and won the Daytona 200 in 1938. Upon winning his first race, Campanale was approached by William Harley, of Harley-Davidson fame, and was given a Harley to race with.
Few people are as singularly identified with a sport in quite the same way that Dale Earnhardt Sr. is with NASCAR. Born Ralph Dale Earnhardt Sr., he had a long and storied career that was truly incredible both on and off the track. Though he unfortunately passed away in a crash on the final lap of the Daytona 500 in 2001, it is undeniable that he left behind a legacy that will be tough to top for the people who come after him.