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.