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Fatal ARCA Accidents: Deaths In ARCA Crashes

Fatal ARCA racing accidents at races that occurred at the Automobile Racing Club championships are listed here. Between July 1982 and October 2002, a total of 11 drivers have lost their lives in American Racing Club of America accidents, 10 occurring during a race and one, the most recent, in a practice session.

The first and by far the most ARCA deaths took place at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Alabama, but others have occurred at race tracks in Atlanta, Georgia, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, at Daytona Motor Speedway in Daytona, Florida, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina, and at Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

ARCA accidents that have resulted in deaths have occurred as recently as 2002 when Eric Martin, a driver from Tennessee, was killed in a collision in Charlotte, North Carolina. The death marked the second for ARCA racing at the track, now known as Charlotte Motor Speedway, at the 11th in the history of the league.

Fortunately, like when deaths occur in leagues like the IndyCar league, Formula2 and WRC, the Auto Racing Club of America takes the incidents as a chance to access and improve safety rules and regulations.
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    Eric Martin

    Died on October 9, 2002, at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina
    Eric Martin (February 6, 1969 – October 9, 2002) was an ARCA driver from Hixson, Tennessee, who was killed at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on October 9, 2002, during a practice session for the season-ending EasyCare 100. Martin initially spun and backed into the fourth turn wall, coming to rest on the racing line entering the tri-oval. A fairly routine and innocuous accident, Martin radioed his crew that he was fine. However, 16 seconds after the initial crash, just as Martin was unbuckling his belts, Deborah Renshaw, going full speed along the racing line in the belief that the track was clear, careened directly into the driver's side door of Martin at about 160 mph and killed him  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1969-2002)
  • Died on October 4, 2001, at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina
    Blaise Robert Alexander, Jr. (March 26, 1976 – October 4, 2001) was an American professional stock car racer from Montoursville, Pennsylvania. He began racing at the age of 12 in go-karts, winning the coveted World Karting Association East Regional championship in 1992. In 1995, he moved south to Mooresville, North Carolina and drove in the ARCA Racing Series. Named ARCA's rookie of the year in 1996, Alexander was a regular driver in that series while also driving in both the NASCAR Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series. On October 4, 2001, during the ARCA EasyCare 100 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Alexander's car crashed into the outside retaining wall nearly head-on. He died from a basilar  ...more
    • Age: Dec. at 25 (1976-2001)
    • Birthplace: Montoursville, Pennsylvania
  • Chad Coleman

    Died on August 28, 1998, at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia

    • Age: Died at 30
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina
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    Slick Johnson

    Died on February 14, 1990, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida