42 cars entered the 1977 World 600. Promoters intended on having a field of 40, so two cars would go home. The top 30 qualified on the first day, and the remaining 12 cars were forced to take part in a last chance session for the final 10 spots.
During this last chance session, Rick Newsom (#20) lost control of his car and spun into the turn three wall. While skidding down the track, he was slammed into by Bruce Jacobi (#78). The impact sent Bruce's Chevrolet 'straight up' into the air, after which it landed and did about eight rolls down the turn three and four apron, landing on its window. Reportedly, Jacobi struck Newsom so hard that it caused Newsom's engine to be thrown from his Ford.
Bruce was extricated from his car by fellow driver Butch Hartman and several pit members. He was taken to the hospital and was released with light burns and heavy chest bruising. Newsom suffered a cracked foot. Both cars were written off, so the remaining 10 cars qualified for the race.
|Series||NASCAR Winston Cup|
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
|Circuit||Charlotte Motor Speedway|
|Photo Credit||1978 World 600 Programme|
|Tags||Fire, Practice/Qualifying Crash|
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