During a practice session before the 1990 Sportsman 100 NASCAR Sportsman race on May 16, Ted Comstock spun his Chevrolet in turn 4, collecting Terri Sawyer. During an attempt to dodge the spinning pair, Peter Gibbons and David Gaines collided, sending Gibbons into the wall and Gaines into the inside water barrels. As the cars spun back onto the track, Steve McEachern rounded the corner and slammed into the back of Gaines' car at full speed, sending McEachern's car, an old Monte Carlo once used by Dale Earnhardt, onto its roof.
Gaines, a 27-year-old electrician and late model racer from Goldston, NC, was killed almost instantly in the crash, apparently by a piece of debris that entered the cockpit and caused massive head and neck injuries. McEachern, an off road racer from Phoenix, suffered injuries to his hands.
|Series||NASCAR Limited Sportsman|
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Pontiac Grand Prix
|Circuit||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Tags||Pileups, Practice/Qualifying Crash|
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