NASCAR: Trio of NASCAR Hall of Famers forever linked by tragedy

NASCAR: Trio of NASCAR Hall of Famers forever linked by tragedy

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A pair of aviation accidents in a span of 102 days altered NASCAR by claiming two stars in their prime.

Alan Kulwicki and Davey Allison died just over three months apart during the 1993 season, which also happened to be Jeff Gordon’s rookie year.  Kulwicki was the reigning Cup champion at the time of his death and Allison the best bet to end Dale Earnhardt’s reign.

The verdict was out on Gordon, an outsider from the West Coast who had come from sprint cars to make his mark on a predominantly Southern sport. 

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