Tracy Read died yesterday of a crushed chest and abdominal injuries from a crash during the ARCA Permatex 500 late model stock car race at Alabama International Motor Speedway in Talladega.
The car driven by Read, 26, who lived in Charlotte, N.C., and worked as a crewman on the Winston Cup team of Cale Yarborough, spun and hit the infield embankment on the 81st of the event's 117 laps.
His spin occurred after he avoided the spinning car of Kirk Bryant on the second turn. He was driving a car owned by his father, Gilbert Read, who was in the pits.
Pronounced dead at the infield care center, Read became the seventh fatality at the Talladega track since it opened in 1969.
Pole starter Grant Adcox of Chattanooga, Tenn., ran away with the 500-kilometer (about 315-mile) race, his record fourth straight victory at Talladega.
Caution flags, for a total of 35 laps, slowed Adcox's average to 134.323 mph. He led a total of 87 laps, and beat David Simko to the finish line by 1.54 seconds . . .
Bill Elliott and Dale Earnhardt will start one-two today in the Talladega 500 NASCAR Winston Cup series race, with a rules change that has slowed the cars down about seven mph.
"Slowing the cars down not only makes it safer for the drivers and the fans, but it makes better racing," Darrell Waltrip said -- before the ARCA fatality . . .
Nigel Mansell took the pole for today's West German Grand Prix after a wet qualifying session at Hockenheim. Driving a Williams-Honda, he held on to the pole based on the lap time of 1 minute 42.616 seconds he posted Friday.