CONCORD, N.C. — Blaise Alexander Jr., a 25-year-old driver from Montoursville, Pa., died after suffering a severe head injury in a crash last night at Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Alexander had no pulse and was unresponsive at the accident scene and during 25 minutes of resuscitation attempts at the infield medical center, said Jerry Gappens, the speedway's vice president of communications.
Alexander was the Auto Racing Club of America rookie of the year in 1996 and recorded three victories in the series, including one earlier this season in Brooklyn, Mich. He raced full-time last year on the NASCAR Busch Series and had limited experience in the Winston Cup Series. ARCA is a separate sanctioning body but uses cars similar to those used by NASCAR.