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Watching NRF: Looking back on 1993’s Talladega Races

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The Talladega Superspeedway is influential for its racing on the track. The long 2.66-mile track brings the action to the fans in such a unique way no other racing series is able to provide.

Being said, it means it can be incredibly dangerous. There is always risk associated with heading to the Alabama track. 1993’s events were no different as NRF described.

While Rusty Wallace was chasing history, while also trying to hold off Dale Earnhardt Sr. both in the point standings and on the track for the win. But, then Wallace ended up being turned for third and flipped wildly across the line.

However, this was controversial to run a two-lap shootout at the time before the existence of green-white-checkered finishes. There were plenty of questions as to why this was done, as Wallace had to be treated for a concussion and broken left wrist from the crash.

In the second race of the year at the track, horror-struck even before the start of the race with the death of Davey Allison in a helicopter crash. There were also several big wrecks leaving drivers injured and a few flips before the checkered flag fell, leaving 1993’s Talladega events a sour taste in fans’ mouths.

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Austinreed5805 mentioned not only were the events at Talladega dangerous and morbid, but the entire 1993 season could be the most dangerous ever in NASCAR history.

BarryJowers mentioned too how one of the drivers injured in the July Talladega race, Stanley Smith, suffered the same injury which unfortunately took the life of Earnhardt Sr, but somehow managed to survive.

Chasebriscoefan14 mentioned how nice it is to have good safety now compared to those times.

Finally, kangarooswild found something cool and unique to take out of the video.

1993 at Talladega is certainly one to forget for NASCAR fans for so many different reasons. Thankfully, we’re in a much better place today to keep drivers and fans safe in Alabama despite the insane amount of risk still brought on at the speedway.

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