No NASCAR deaths since 2001

By: Juan August 21st, 2009

On Aug. 11, a day after Sam Hornish Jr. was involved in a horrific-looking crash at Watkins Glen International, he was moving furniture at his North Carolina home.

And when a new No. 77 Dodge was unloaded a couple of days later for the race at Michigan International Speedway, he went behind the wheel without any second-guessing.

Race drivers are known for ignoring danger, but the safety improvements in NASCAR in the past eight years have helped them walk away from bad crashes without trepidation.

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