J.D. McDuffie (#70) was involved in an accident on the fifth lap of the 1991 Budweiser at The Glen race at Watkins Glen International. On the straight between the esses and the loop-chute, at 170 mph, McDuffie collided with Jimmy Means (#52) after suffering a mechanical failure. McDuffie's left front wheel spindle broke off of the car, causing him to lose his brakes and hit Means in the right front. McDuffie skidded across the grass and hit the outside retaining wall and tire barrier with such force that the car shot into the air, rotated, and then came to rest upside-down.
McDuffie died instantly from head and brain injuries. The direct cause of death was a basilar skull fracture caused by rapid head movement to the right. The race was delayed for two hours as McDuffie was extricated from the car and his Pontiac was removed from the infield. As a result of the incident, the track was given a bus stop chicane placed just before the entrance of Turn 5 along with a gravel trap for the 1992 season.
NASCAR Cup Series
Pontiac Grand Prix
Budweiser at The Glen
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