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Title: Neil Bonnett
Post by: Cheryl on February 11, 2009, 08:49:31 PM
Saw it mentioned on Jayski this morning, but they were just talking about it on XM, so I wanted to post something.  It was 15 years ago today that Bonnett was killed at Daytona.  I know we've lost a lot of folks in NASCAR, but his death really struck me.  He was my "first" favorite driver from when I started following the sport after watching the Daytona 500 in 1988.  He won the Richmond and Rockingham races that year.  As you all may remember, I was a very big Pontiac fan and he was in the 75 Valvoline Pontiac owned by Raymoc (sp?), so that's why I picked him.   

I still remember not hearing about his crash during practice until they announced it on Nashville Now on TNN that night.  Very sad...


Title: Re: Neil Bonnett
Post by: drpep (brian) on February 12, 2009, 04:02:33 AM
 Rodney Orr also died 15 years ago this week at Daytona. I think it was two days after Neil.


Title: Re: Neil Bonnett
Post by: Desmond on February 12, 2009, 06:00:48 PM
Neil Bonnett was a very underrated driver and broadcaster.  I have heard nothing but good things about his work from those who watched NASCAR closely in those days.

He was also a friend of Dale Earnhardt and went on a lot of hunting trips with him.