Leffler and others dying (not just drivers, but people in the pit lane hit by flying sprints). In part this is because of less cockpit protection, in addition to their insane power-to-weight ratio. They hold an average speed faster than Nascar stock cars around Bristol.
Yes, I'm quite aware of their speed at some places and power-to-weight ratio having attended many a sprint car race in person
By any chance are you using this? http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/motorsports/2013/08/06/sprint-car-crashes-accidents-deaths-2013/2623829/
It only has the attention of an ignorant media because it was Tony Stewart. Without his incidents, they likely wouldn't have even noticed (yeah, that's even with Leffler). Hopefully, you haven't fallen for it.
If you are going by that twaddle, there are some terrible errors. Like the double fatality in Nevada, which was (despite their including it) not sprint cars. Plus, the "pit lane" is inaccurate for the Marysville incident as it wasn't a pit lane. Many short tracks have pit areas outside the tracks. The car left the track and crashed into that area. Since the steering wheel came off in the drivers hand, it could have just as easily been a stock car, but it just happened to be a sprint car. That's not down to sprint car racing being more dangerous, that's just a freak mishap.
I don't think many here are aware how much racing takes place. Short track racing can average 10-20 fatalities a year. Shocking, horrible, must be stopped...umm, that's of about 1200 tracks racing from 12-30 weeks a year Do the math! I don't think many have any concept as to the overwhelming amount of racing that takes place to reach that "toll" The same applies to all the Euros here who adamantly think oval racing is much more dangerous simply by citing deaths without context or knowledge. They literally have no clue as to the sheer volume of racing that takes place (and there used to be even more!).
Yes, there have been three driver fatalities in sprint car racing this year (Leffler, Burton, Williamson). Without checking, I'd take a guess that's a bit worse total than normal in recent years, but not by much. Three fatalities in literally hundreds of races...yep.
Which isn't to say more safety measues couldn't or shouldn't be added, but that was true years ago. If they'd have had a driveline hoop or protection in place, Stewart's leg wouldn't have been broken and roll bar padding should be mandatory. I have no idea why both of those weren't done years ago. I remember being stunned by that in the 80s.
Now, in the 50s and 60s, even 70s, sprint cars were much more dangerous than many forms of racing.
Edited by Jim Thurman, 09 October 2013 - 19:30.