Fortunately, no other cars were involved, and Shane was able to climb out of the wrecked car and tell the safety crew that he was OK.The car had gone into the air after the initial impact, and even though it was slammed down onto its left side in the grass, Shane’s helmet did not show a single visible scratch or dent.
He had no broken bones, and his injury was relatively minor, considering the violent impact. This crash had the potential to be significantly more serious.
The second crash, again due to a broken rear axle, involved a half-spin and high-speed impact into the turn two outside wall. It happened with the full field of cars on the track at speed, and the car flipped on its side after reaching the inside grass strip along the back stretch.
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He was the first driver to die in a crash at Golden Gate Speedway.
The second crash – that was on September 19, 1970, and involved Richard Pratt Jr.The first was on August 14, 1970 when Wayne Rohn was behind the wheel of a sprint car, headed down the front stretch at 100 mph when the throttle stuck wide open. A newspaper report claimed that he didn’t have a single broken bone from the crash that followed, but he did receive a very serious head injury and subsequently died five days later.He was a popular driver who had moved from Michigan and had already won some races in Florida.With the drivers’ heads and arms being restrained, neither driver faced an increased risk of having a part of their body strike the wall, or in Shane’s case, of having an arm trapped under the side of the car or having his head strike the ground when the car flipped onto its side.The end result – no serious injuries suffered by either driver.The website is a goldmine of information and answers to dozens of FAQs; highlights are here.Benjamin Allbright from FM 104.7 in Denver joined Andy and Jeff to discuss the free agency signings for Kirk Cousins and Case Keenum, the Browns preference for the top pick in the draft, the likelihood that Saquon Barkley goes top-10 in the NFL draft, the future of Deshone Kizer in Green Bay and the Browns plan to make trades before free agency.This crash was different from the first that took Rohn’s life.First, Pratt had his shoulder harness buckled when the crash occurred, and the Tampa Times news report speculated that Rohn did not have his shoulder harness buckled when his car crashed.That’s a vast difference to the conditions at Golden Gate, which had a partial concrete wall and was often the scene of cars leaving the track at speed, only to strike a sand bank or outer ring of steel sheets.Not only was the track safer, the cars were also far safer than the cars raced at the Gate in the early ’70s.