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August 18, 2019
The plane carrying NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his family bounced, veered off the runway and ended up on a Tennessee state highway during a crash landing, investigators said Friday.
National Transportation Safety Board investigators obtained surveillance video that included footage of the crash. Investigators plan to issue a preliminary report in about a week.
NTSB investigator Ralph Hicks said the Cessna Citation Latitude had left Statesville, North Carolina, about 20 minutes prior to the 3:40 p.m. crash. Earnhardt was with wife Amy, 15-month-old daughter Isla, a dog and two pilots.
The winner climbed from his car and immediately apologized for denying an underdog his first career victory. The runner-up, in tears over his near miss, was raucously embraced by the crowd for his effort.
Bristol Motor Speedway was a bizarre mix of emotions on Saturday after Denny Hamlin chased down Matt DiBenedetto to spoil an upset. DiBenedetto learned this week that Leavine Family Racing won’t bring him back for a second season, and he has no job lined up for 2020.
“I’m so sorry to Matt DiBenedetto, [crew chief] Mike Wheeler. I hate it. I know what a win would mean to that team,” Hamlin said as soon as he exited his car. “But I’ve got to give 110 percent.”
Brett Moffitt pulled away on a restart with three laps to go and won the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ playoff opener Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway to earn a spot in the Round of 6.
Moffitt finished 0.743 seconds ahead of 17-year-old Chandler Smith for his 10th series victory and first at Bristol. The top seed and defending series champion won the pole and led 65 laps on the 0.533 oval.
The thrash metal band, which was announced last week as the primary sponsor of J.J. Yeley’s No. 54 car for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night, announced its sponsorship has been removed.
“Today, reportedly due to reactionary concerns from other long-time participating sponsors, Slayer has been pulled as the primary sponsor,” the band said in a release.
Tyler Reddick drove from last to first and won the Xfinity Series race on Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway after leader Justin Allgaier hit the wall late.
Reddick, the Xfinity Series points leader and defending series champion, had to start last in the field because his car failed inspection four times before the race. His crew chief was ejected, Reddick wasn’t allowed to post a qualifying time, and he had to serve a pass-thru penalty at the start of the race.