The Worst Car Crashes in NASCAR History

8. Ricky Rudd — Atlanta, 1990

During the 1990 Atlanta Journal 500 — the final race of the year — tragedy struck in pit road, as Ricky Rudd lost control of his car and spun into Bill Elliott’s vehicle, which was undergoing a tire change.

At the time of the incident, Mike Rich — Elliott’s rear tire changer — was working on the back tire, when he was struck and pinned between the two cars.

His death would prompt NASCAR to alter the speed limits in pit road and require all pit crew to wear protective gear.