Ya gotta wanna
- May 19, 2013
NASCAR likes to boast that they have not lost a driver since 2001, and that is a remarkable accomplishment. It deserves praise.Racing is dangerous.
Posting facts about it isn't.
Although it often comes across as an excuse to allow the kind of driving seen at Daytona and Talladega in recent years. They have been proactive on the safety front for two decades, and again that deserves praise, but it’s no reason to get complacent. Sometimes it comes over as “we have not lost a driver since 2001, yet.”
If this type of driving continues, there will be a tragic consequence. It will be from an “unpredictable incident” but in reality it was foreseen for a number of years.
The sport lost several drivers to basil skull fractures before Dale died in 2001. Head and neck support devices were optional, even though it was proven that it saved lives.
Right now we are at the moment where it’s optional to make desperation moves in the final laps, including dumping someone at 200mph headfirst into the wall in front of the entire field.