Probably the most famous non-fatal Sportsman crash happened on lap 55 of the 1994 Duron 100. Part-time racer and restaurant owner Gary 'Red' Everette (#60), running on the tail end lost control off of turn 4. Leaders Ronnie Sewell (#20) and Marty Ward approached the scene, and Sewell picked the wrong line, plowing into Everette at 150mph, causing Everette's Monte Carlo to burst into flames. Also collected were Donnie Mergard and Shari Minter (#61). Ward was able to avoid the accident by a few inches. He went on to win the race.
Everette, 56, was taken to the hospital with heavy bruising and light burns. Sewell was checked and released. Bizarrely, Everette shares his name, home state, crash location, and occupation with the less fortunate Gary Batson, who was killed two years prior. Also, Batson's crash had started when Everette spun out.
NASCAR Limited Sportsman
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Duron Paints & Wallcoverings 100
AP; Herb Dodge; T.H. Moseley; Johnny Ellison
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