Remembering NASCAR’s lost revolutionary

Remembering NASCAR’s lost revolutionary

Alan Kulwicki had the talent and temperament to revolutionise NASCAR after winning the 1992 Cup title. But the 'Polish Victory Lap' creator, admired and scorned by many, had his life cut tragically short

One of the greatest tragedies in NASCAR's history is that 1992 champion Alan Kulwicki, killed in an aeroplane crash 25 years ago this week, could not defend his title the following year.

But the loss is about more than just his battle to retain a championship. It is that his untimely end meant he was the last true NASCAR underdog, shirking the bright lights of leading team owners and illustrious squads to continue with the AK Racing outfit - his own set-up that won him a crown.

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