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Rich Vogler's Fatal Crash

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Published on Nov 26, 2012

Rich Vogler is killed during a 1990 race at Salem Speedway.
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Unfortunately big league success would never be at Vogler's reach. On that Michigan 500 he had a huge shunt after tangling with another car in the very second lap of the race. The impact with Turn 3 wall was immense, and he was very seriously injured. A cerebral commotion and several brain lesions almost took his life. Most were sure that he would never recover -- and even this seemed an optimistic prognostic.

But Rich was a true racer. Somehow he not only survived but -- to everyone's surprise -- was back to the seat by the end of the season. But he would not be two times lucky: on 21 July 1990 he was leading a USAC sprint car race at Salem Speedway, in Indiana, with little more than one lap to go, when he made contact with the right rear of Wayne Hammond's car and vaulted into the fouth turn fence. His helmet was torn off in the impact and Rich suffered head injuries that killed him instantly. The race was immediately halted and he was posthumously declared the winner.

R.I.P. Rich Vogler

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