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No blame assigned in fatal ARCA crash

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published October 20, 2002

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- An investigation by the Automobile Racing Club of America into the Oct. 9 crash at Lowe's Motor Speedway in which driver Eric Martin was killed affixes no blame, but ARCA president Ron Drager said the tragedy will result in changes.

"If your question is whether or not we will require teams to have spotters in the race-day spotters' stand during practices, the answer is yes," Drager said.

Drager said ARCA will look at systems that include a light that comes on in the driver's cockpit when there's a caution on the track as well as anything else that might improve safety.

Drager said ARCA's investigation found that when Martin spun coming off Turn 4 in Concord, Deborah Renshaw's car was still on the backstretch.

Drager said he immediately gave the command to put out the caution. The person monitoring race control relayed the message to Bob Schacht, the owner of Renshaw's car who was watching from the top of the team's transporter. Schacht then advised Renshaw. By then, however, Renshaw's car was nearing the accident site running nearly 170 mph. She said she hit oil and water from Martin's car before her car hit Martin's in the driver's side, killing him instantly.

SAM'S TOWN 250: Rain Saturday postponed the Busch race at Memphis Motorsports Park until today.

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