NASCAR source confirms
date of Earnhardt reportAP
NASCAR will release its report on the crash that killed Dale Earnhardt
on Aug. 21 and experts who took part in the investigation will be
present to answer questions.
A NASCAR source, who spoke on the
condition of anonymity, confirmed on Thursday the news conference will
be held in Atlanta at a site still to be determined.
Earnhardt was killed in a last-lap crash
during the Feb. 18 Daytona 500 and NASCAR hired experts to do an
in-depth investigation. NASCAR president Mike Helton has said as many as
54 people have been working on the report.
The source said the investigation has
helped NASCAR develop a computer model of the Earnhardt crash. The
report will also include information from the investigations into the
deaths of Adam Petty, Kenny Irwin Jr. and Tony Roper.
Among other things, the report is
expected to address whether a lap belt was torn, as NASCAR officials
have said, and if that contributed to Earnhardt's death. The question
has lingered since Earnhardt's widow, Teresa Earnhardt, won a court
order sealing the autopsy photos.
A court-appointed medical examiner viewed
the photos and said the violent whipping motion of Earnhardt's head was
the reason for the driver's death.
Circuit Judge Joseph Will ruled in June
that sealing the photos was constitutional. The Independent Florida
Alligator and a Florida web site have challenged that decision in an
attempt to obtain the photos.
The Orlando Sentinel challenged an
injunction keeping the photos sealed, but later reached an agreement
with Teresa Earnhardt to have an independent expert examine them.
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