20 Years Ago: Kenny Irwin Jr. Dies in NASCAR Practice at NHMS

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20 years! Two decades! That’s how long RacingJunk.com has been in business, and we are celebrating this milestone by looking back at some of the good, bad, ugly and just plain weird things that happened in the race and performance space 20 years ago! Every Thursday, we’ll throw it back to the end of the millennium and check out what 1999 had to offer (aside, of course, from Prince!). Want to share? Tag us with #RJ20Years in your social posts!

Kenny Irwin was one of NASCAR’s rising stars two decades ago. He won several memorable races and made a name for himself quick. He also had several memorable moments in racing like sending Tony Stewart’s car into a wall at Goody’s 500 at Martinsville, Speedway. “Everyone has been hoping to find the next Jeff Gordon, I think we found him,” said  David Blair, after the 1997 season-ending race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On July 7, 2000, Kenny Irwin Jr lost control of his car and hit head-on into the wall, causing his car to flip and roll. This causing Irwin to lose his life only a month before his 31st birthday.

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