In Rockingham, N.C., Dale Earnhardt won the Coca-Cola 200 late-model-sportsman NASCAR race, a wreck-filled event cut short by a crash that left driver Bubba Nissen with a broken leg and facial lacerations and badly damaged the track's steel guard rail.
Nissen's Pontiac Ventura went out of control coming through the second turn at North Carolina Motor Speedway and slammed into the outside rail where it intersects with the concrete wall along the backstretch.
The front of the car driven by the Virginia Beach, Va., resident was sheared away, but Nissen was quickly removed from the auto and taken to the infield hospital. He was later transferred to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
A car driven by Harry Lee Hill hit the inside rail while attempting to avoid Nissen, and another car, driven by Glenn Sears, slid through the scattered debris and struck the concrete barrier. Neither of the drivers was injured.
The rest of the field was red-flagged to a halt after completing the 148th lap of a scheduled 197-lap event on the speedway's 1.017-mile banked oval. Earnhardt, driving a Pontiac, was awarded the victory, with Bobby Allison second.