The calamity occurred when Ramo Stott's engine blew coming out of the second turn on Lap 11. Oil and fluids spilled onto the track, causing Wendell Scott to spin behind him. The large pack of cars behind slipped out of control to avoid the wreck, which only made matters worse. Within seconds, the backstretch was turned into a junkyard, as 21 cars were knocked out of the wreck, including an unconfirmed eight cars that either got airborne or rolled over.
Among the worst injuries included Slick Gardner, a lacerated knee; Earl Brooks, a mangled left hand; and Joe Frasson, an injured shoulder. Wendell Scott took the brunt of injury; suffering broken bones in his left leg, left arm, and ribs that would end his racing career.
NASCAR Cup Series
Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Mike Greene; NCMarrk; Art Spaulding
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