From the Marbles - NASCAR

This is a story that vanished almost immediately from the headlines, but it deserves to be remembered. Carlos Pardo, a NASCAR Mexico driver, died earlier this week in a crash that occurred in the final laps of a race in Pueblo.

Pardo was on the 97th lap of the race when his car was bumped and slid sideways into retaining walls around the pit lane. The car absolutely vaporized on impact. Pardo was extracted from the wreckage, with that grim blue tarp over the ruined car, and medevaced to a nearby hospital. He died about 45 minutes after the impact, according to NASCAR Mexico's website. He was awarded the win posthumously.

Pardo is a former NASCAR Mexico series champion who had 10 victories in 74 races. He had run in both the Truck and Nationwide Series when the races came to Mexico. He is survived by his wife and an infant child. Condolences to his family and fans.

NASCAR Mexico driver killed in crash [AP via Yahoo! Sports]

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