A horrifying accident involving Elliott Sadler on Sunday at Pocono was the hardest crash ever recorded by NASCAR.
During a series of events that started when Jimmie Johnson spun Kurt Busch on the Long Pond straightaway, Elliott Sadler got turned around and spun head-on into an inside wall that juts out at almost a 90-degree angle. The hit was so hard that it ripped the engine right out of Sadler’s car.
It was the hardest crash in NASCAR since the sport mandated that a black box be put in each race car to record how many G-forces occur during major accidents.
It was not mentioned how many G-forces Sadler’s crash was. However, the next-hardest crash was an incident that involved Kyle Petty at Bristol back in 2003. Petty hit the outside wall in turn 3 with the driver’s side of his car, in a wreck that measured out to be 80 Gs. Petty was injured in that wreck.
Sadler’s crash was also harder than Jerry Nadeau’s horrifying accident at Richmond in 2003; an accident which almost ended Nadeau’s life.
It’s a miracle that Sadler was able to walk away from that crash. It is also a true demonstration of just how far NASCAR’s safety innovations have come. Hopefully, we will continue to see more of them in the future so that we may have great, but safe racing.