BRISTOL, Tenn. — Twenty years later, it’s still remembered as the saddest weekend ever at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Alan Kulwicki, the defending Winston Cup Series champion, was killed along with four others in a plane crash on April 1, 1993, flying in for that weekend’s Food City 500.
Kulwicki, 38, was also the defending champion of the race. He had made an appearance for sponsor Hooters restaurant at Knoxville that Thursday evening and the plane was on its way to Tri-Cities Regional Airport when ice formed on its wings and it crashed in a field off Island Road near Blountville. It was literally less than 10 miles from its intended destination.
The months prior had been a time for celebration for NASCAR’s last independent champion.
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