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To: yldstrk

Although tragic, this was one accident at one event.

How many spectators have been killed at stock car races when a car, tire, etc gets sent up into the stands during a crash?

Motor sports are dangerous for participants as well as spectators. Then again every day life has potential hazards as well...


33 posted on 09/19/2011 7:56:54 AM PDT by Max_850
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To: Max_850

Limit old planes at airshows.

Stock car racing yeah, that’s dangerous too but as you say, a tree could fall on you.

Still, at a stock car race a projectile is not falling out of the sky


36 posted on 09/19/2011 8:00:36 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Max_850
How many spectators have been killed at stock car races when a car, tire, etc gets sent up into the stands during a crash?

I recall a very bad crash at a car race back in the late '60s or early '70s that killed many; my recollection is that the number of fatalities exceeded 70. It was a long time ago, and I am not able to find the specific incident by Googling it.

I remember seeing a picture of it on the cover of Life magazine.

39 posted on 09/19/2011 8:11:06 AM PDT by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: Max_850

How many spectators have been killed at stock car races when a car, tire, etc gets sent up into the stands during a crash?


Well, if there were 7500 people present, and the event is 3(?) days long, once a year, the only air race event in the country, you have 25,000 spectator days per year. 9 dead in one year, plus 20 participant fatalities over the 60 year history.

Compare car racing. NASCAR alone has millions of spectator days per year, and all the other types of racing from small track to large probably give us 25,000,000 spectator days per year.

So if you want an indication of the seriousness of this accident, you’d have 9,000 car race spectators killed per year.

If you want to consider the 9 deaths in the context of 60 years, then that’s 150 car race spectator fatalities per year.

Still think kids should be allowed out there?


101 posted on 09/19/2011 12:05:48 PM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Are you better off now than you were four trillion dollars ago?)
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