1979  ยป Permatex 300


































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Don Williams (#68) was competing in the Late Model Sportsman race, the Permatex 300, at Daytona on February 17, 1979. The crash began on Lap 3 when Jack Ingram (#94) blew an engine exiting Turn 2. Freddie Smith (#43) slipped in the oil and went into a spin, then was struck by the Mercury of Joe Frasson (#50). As Frasson coasted to a stop, it was then struck from behind at full speed by Delma Cowart, rupturing the fuel tank; a massive ball of flames shooting from Frasson's car. Williams was behind Cowart and tried to avoid the pileup. His Chevelle slammed into the wall at a high rate of speed, spinning into the infield amidst a shower of flying debris. Williams suffered head and chest injuries as well as a fractured right arm and an aneurysm in the right eye. Frasson escaped from the burning wreck without serious injury.

Williams' extensive injuries left him in a comatose state for the next decade, until passing away on May 21st, 1989.
1979
Stock Cars
NASCAR Late Model Sportsman
Chevrolet Chevelle
Chevrolet Nova
Mercury Cyclone
Pontiac Ventura
Ford Torino
United States
Oval (Paved)
Daytona International Speedway
Permatex 300
Yes
World Press Photo; Mark Gregory; Jack Kromer

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