December 26, 1951|
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
|Died||November 11, 1984
Atlanta International Raceway
Hampton, Georgia, U.S.
|Cause of death||Motor racing accident|
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career|
|2 race(s) run over 1 year(s)|
|Best finish||85th (1984)|
|First race||1984 Warner W. Hodgdon American 500 (Rockingham)|
|Last race||1984 Atlanta Journal 500 (Atlanta)|
Terry L. Schoonover (December 26, 1951 - November 11, 1984) was an American stock car racing driver. A competitor in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, he was killed in an accident in the season-ending race of 1984 at Atlanta International Raceway.
Born in Lima, Ohio, Schoonover's father was a well known powerboat racer, becoming one of the first people in history to pilot a pleasure craft at over one hundred miles per hour. Schoonover began racing at the age of sixteen in drag racing and later moved to racing on dirt tracks in West Palm Beach, Florida. After graduating from the Buck Baker Driving School, he served as a driving instructor at the school for a year. He would soon reach an agreement with Restore Auto Care Products to sponsor a limited NASCAR Winston Cup Series campaign in 1984 and a full-time campaign in 1985, driving a car he co-owned with his girlfriend Barbara Pike.
He made his Winston Cup debut at Rockingham Speedway in 1984, driving his own #42 Chevrolet home to a 21st place finish. The next race, at Atlanta International Raceway, on lap 129 Schoonover was involved in an accident where he hit the outside wall, then slid into the infield and struck a dirt embankment head on at a fairly high rate of speed. The safety crew had to cut the roof of his car and roll it back in order to extricate Schoonover from the car and he was eventually airlifted from the speedway to a local hospital where he died of massive head and internal injuries. His death was the first fatality at the Atlanta track.
Motorsports career results
(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Winston Cup Series
|NASCAR Winston Cup Series results|
- "Schoonover had rookie honors in sight". Times Daily (Florence, AL). November 13, 1984. p. 2B. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- "Schoonover Accident Called 'Freak'". The News and Courier (Charleston, SC). November 13, 1984. p. 4C. Retrieved 2014-04-03.
- Terry Schoonover. Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Accessed 2014-04-03.
- "Death mars Atlanta race" Times Daily (Florence, Alabama). November 12, 1984: page 3B. Accessed 2014-04-03.
|NASCAR Sprint Cup Series fatal accidents
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