Ricky Knotts

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Ricky Knotts
Born Benny Richard Knotts
(1951-05-23)May 23, 1951
Paw Paw, Michigan
Died February 14, 1980(1980-02-14) (aged 28)
Daytona Beach, Florida
Cause of death Fatal crash
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
0 races run over 1 year

Benny Richard Knotts (May 23, 1951 – February 14, 1980), was an American ASA and NASCAR Winston Cup driver. The Paw Paw, Michigan[1] driver began his career in 1974 and raced in various stock car series for 6 years before dying in a crash at Daytona in 1980.


On February 14, 1980 Knotts was in the field for the first Twin 125 race at Daytona International Speedway, hoping to qualify for that Sunday's Daytona 500. His hopes dwindled as his underpowered Oldsmobile quickly lost position. On the 15th lap, Knotts hit the outside wall in the short chute just past the start finish line. His car spun off the track sideways across the infield grass and struck passenger side first against the inside concrete wall entering turn one. His seat mount broke and the 28-year old was killed instantly.[1]Ricky Knotts fatal crash on YouTube

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series[edit]


  1. ^ a b Holliman, Ray. Desire for success kills Ricky Knotts, St. Petersburg Times, February 15, 1980, Retrieved 2010-06-25

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Preceded by
Tiny Lund
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fatal accidents
Succeeded by
Bruce Jacobi