As we wrap up Wreck Week, we offer up this recollection of the most controversial wrecks in NASCAR history. Add in your favorites below.
Every wreck has its share of controversy -- who's at fault, who didn't give space or who took too much, who mistimed their pass or got too aggressive. But only a few wrecks have an impact long after dents have been hammered out and tires replaced. Some, in fact, have changed the face of NASCAR entirely. Here, then, are the ten most controversial wrecks in NASCAR history, with video where available and appropriate:
1. Bobby Allison, Talladega 1987
Talladega is known as a "superspeedway" with good reason; without restriction, cars can reach unfathomable speeds there. In 1987, Bill Elliott qualified for the Winston 500 with a still-record 212.809 mph, and in the ensuing race, NASCAR realized the very real dangers of such speeds. On lap 22, Bobby Allison took flight and ended up cruising along the retaining wall that separated spectators from the track.