These days, as safety obsessed as NASCAR is, it's pretty easy to miss the fact that since 1950, NASCAR has actually averaged more than one death per year of racing. That's an attrition rate of about 2 to 3 percent - every year - among NASCAR drivers, making this sport one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. That was especially true in the 1950s and '60s, back when stock cars were relatively stock, and safety took a serious back seat to speed. The Daytona track has claimed more lives than almost every other American super-speedway combined.
So, yes, NASCAR is obsessed with safety now...but not without reason. So, maybe it's worth taking a few minutes to appreciate some of the other high-speed heroes who gave their lives to the pursuit of a checkered flag. Check out this list of the worst NASCAR deaths ever to learn which drivers were killed on the tracks.