A serious pile-up occurred on the 72nd lap of the 1991 Winston 500. Ernie Irvan (#4) attempted to slip between Kyle Petty (#42) and Mark Martin (#6) coming out of Turn 2, but Irvan clipped Petty from behind, who in turn slid into Martin. Taking place toward the front of the pack, the incident inevitably caused a multi-car pileup behind them, taking out a dozen cars. The back end of Martin's car went momentarily airborne, while Petty took the worst abuse, taking multiple hits including a drivers-side impact from Chad Little (#19). Petty suffered a compound fracture with 9 inches of bone protruding form his leg, which sidelined him until September.
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