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Encyclopedia > Blaise Alexander

Blaise Alexander (March 26, 1976-October 4, 2001), was a stock car racer from Statesville College, Pennsylvania. He began racing at the age of 12 in go-karts, winning the World Karting Associaton East Regional championship in 1992. In 1995, he moved south to Mooresville, North Carolina and was named Rookie of the Year in the ARCA series the following year. Over his ARCA career, he won three times. In 1997, he began running NASCAR in the Busch Series and the Craftsman Truck Series. He only tasted modest success but was signed on to run for Team SABCO in the Busch Series in 2000, posting two top-ten finishes and finishing 25th in points. After that year, he decided to return to the ARCA series for more experience. On October 4, 2001, during the EasyCare 100 at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Alexander was battling Kerry Earnhardt for the lead when their cars touched, sending Earnhardt flipping upside-down through the infield while Alexander crashed into the outside retaining wall nearly head-on. Earnhardt made it out unscathed, but Alexander was taken to the hopsital unconcious and showing no pulse. Within 25 minutes, he was pronounced dead. His death, the sixth stock car racing fatality in two years, convinced NASCAR to mandate the HANS device for all drivers. March 26 is the 85th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (86th in leap years). ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in Leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Mooresville is a town located in Iredell County, North Carolina. ... Arsk (Tatar: Ar a //; Russian: Арск /arsk/) is a town in northern-eastern Tatarstan, Russia. ... The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) is the largest sanctioning body of motorsports in the United States. ... NASCAR Busch Series logo The Busch Series is a stock car racing series owned and operated by NASCAR. It is NASCARs second division, and is a proving ground for drivers who wish to step up to the organizations top level, the Nextel Cup. ... NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series logo The Craftsman Truck Series is a popular NASCAR racing series that features modified pickup trucks. ... Lowes Motor Speedway (formerly Charlotte Motor Speedway) is a superspeedway in Concord, North Carolina, a few miles north of Charlotte. ... Kerry Earnhardt is the older son of late stock car racing legend Dale Earnhardt. ... In medicine, a persons pulse is the throbbing of their arteries as an effect of the heart beat. ... The HANS (Head And Neck Support device) is a safety item compulsory in many car racing sports. ...



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