Jamie McMurray was a sitting duck on the final lap at Talladega, leading a high-speed train of cars with Dale Earnhardt Jr. filling up his rearview. Then a crash froze the field.
Eric McClure walked into the media center at Darlington Raceway on Friday and talked about the vicious crash he lived through at Talladega. Chalk up yet another life spared by the safety revolution in NASCAR.
As Bobby Allison's Buick hurtled toward the packed main grandstands of Talladega on May 3, 1987, Ed Hinton feared the worst. No one died, but the sport was changed forever.
NASCAR has a problem at Talladega, and they know it. Killing fans always has been bad for business, and Carl Edwards' crash on the final lap of Sunday's race came much too close to doing that.
Not even Joe Gibbs could secure Marc Davis a full-time ride in this depressed economy. What's an 18-year-old prodigy to do? It's dear ol' Dad to the rescue, writes Ed Hinton.