The Worst Car Crashes in NASCAR History

5. Carlos Pardo’s fatal wreck — NASCAR Corona Series, 2009

Carlos Pardo managed to win eight of the 74 NASCAR Corona Series races he participated. Unfortunately, his final victory came at a steep cost: his life.

In 2009, during the Mexico Series race at Puebla, Pardo was on Lap 97, when his car was tapped from behind, causing him to spin out of control and smash into a wall behind the pit lane at 120 miles per hour.

His car was obliterated and he had to be airlifted to the hospital. While Pardo was awarded the win because his car was out in front at the time of the crash, that detail doesn’t make this incident any less tragic.