Home  »  Car Racing  »  Features  »  Videos

Video: Richard Petty’s death-defying crash

Submitted by on July 20, 2014

Richard Petty 1970 CrashDarlington 1970 – The unthinkable happens.

Richard Petty suffered one of the worst accidents in his NASCAR career during the 1970 Rebel 400 at Darlington, USA. Many onlookers thought Richard to have been killed in the accident, and watching this footage makes it very easy to understand why. It is said that Petty suffered a dislocated shoulder in the crash, however we’re sure that there was more than just that on his hospital chart.

MORE: The 10 greatest Daytona 500 finishes of all time!

Richard Petty recovered and was discharged from hospital far earlier than any expected he would be, adding further to his legend.

MORE: Richard Petty reunited with an old friend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 (video)

The character of Richard Petty shines through in this article, printed a short time following the accident in Darlington:

Don't miss out! Our best stories, direct to your inbox!


Sign up now - it's free, weekly, and spam-free.