Kulwicki among four killed in crash

Thursday, April 1, 1993 – Defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Alan Kulwicki was one of four persons aboard a private plane that crashed while en route to Tri-Cities Airport in Blountville, Tenn. There were no survivors. Others aboard the Merlin twin-engine plane were pilot Charlie Campbell; Mark Brooks, son of Hooters of America CEO Robert Brooks; and Dan Duncan, director of sports marketing for the Hooters restaurant chain.

Kulwicki’s No. 7 NASCAR Cup team was sponsored by Hooters and the group had departed Knoxville earlier that evening after Kulwicki wrapped up a sponsor appearance. They were traveling to Bristol for the upcoming weekend’s Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation, probably cause of the fatal crash was failure of the pilot to follow proper procedures for icing conditions.

Kulwicki had five wins in 208 career starts in the Cup Series. He was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2019.

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