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Fright Night: Fans Treated For Injuries After Wreck At Talladega
Published April 27, 2009
|Edwards Crashes Violently Into
Frontstretch Fence On Final Lap
CALL FOR CHANGES: In Charlotte, David Poole writes, “Anybody who glorifies what happened at the finish of Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 is an idiot.” If anybody with NASCAR, Talladega or anybody else “tries to ‘market’ this in any way in trying to sell tickets for future races here or anywhere else should be arrested and charged with a criminal offense.” What happened “is not sport. It’s madness" (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/27). Driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. said that fans, media and NASCAR “share responsibility in the type of racing that has come to characterize Daytona and Talladega.” Earnhardt: “We have had wrecks like this every time we come to Talladega ever since the (restrictor) plate got here, and for years it was celebrated. The media celebrated it, the networks celebrated it -- calling it ‘The Big One’ -- just trying to attract attention and trying to bring people’s attention to the race. There’s a responsibility with the media and the networks and the sanctioning body itself to come to their senses a little bit and think about the situation” (CHARLOTTE OBSERVER, 4/27). Edwards said, “I guess we’ll do this until someone gets killed and then we’ll change it. That’s the way it is. We do our best, we’re put in this box by NASCAR and we have to race this way” (Mult., 4/27).
Talladega Wreck Should Remind NASCAR
Of Importance Of Driver Safety
ATTENDANCE GAP: In Alabama, Josh Moon writes while the “on-track action was typical Talladega, the attendance wasn’t.” There were “large gaps of empty seats throughout the grandstands along the front stretch on Sunday and parking areas outside the track with an unusually high number of spaces available.” Traffic outside the track, “normally bumper-to-bumper and crawling two hours before a race, was virtually non-existent.” With a “tough economy wreaking havoc on other races on the circuit, Talladega officials obviously expected a light turnout” because they “began offering ticket deals a few months ago, including reducing some ticket prices by 40[%]” (MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER, 4/27).