Winning driver ended up in the hospital, not Victory Lane
Charlotte Motor Speedway‘s first night race saw the winning driver end up in the hospital instead of Victory Lane.
Named "One Hot Night," the 1992 All-Star Race saw one of the fiercest three-way battles for a win and included NASCAR greats Dale Earnhardt, Kyle Petty and Davey Allison.
On the last lap of the race that holds a $1 million purse, Earnhardt’s iconic black No. 3 Chevrolet was in the lead going into Turn 3 until he got turned around by Petty.
As the checkered flag approached, Petty continued to lead, but Allison dove underneath him out of Turn 4. As the two drivers crossed the start/finish line Allison had passed Petty, but the battling duo made contact, sending Allison’s No. 28 into the frontstretch wall, driver’s-side first.
This was before the days of SAFER barriers, so Allison’s hit knocked him unconscious. He was the taken to the hospital where he stayed the night.
For what it’s worth, Allison became the first driver to win back-to-back All-Star races, but his team was celebrating without him in Victory Lane that night.