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Sad News – Russ Truelove

Russ Truelove, 93, who was known for his terrifying rollover crash during a NASCAR race on the Daytona Beach & Road Course, died in his Waterbury, Connecticut, home surrounded by family Wednesday night.

Truelove raced throughout the 1950s in various motorsports series. He made 13 starts in what is now known as the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. He had five top-10 finishes.

He made three Daytona starts in NASCAR races on the beach, with his best finish of 27th coming in 1955.

The following year, after qualifying fifth, he rolled his No. 226 Mercury six times in the notorious North Turn, where the 4.1-mile course transitioned from the beach to the A1A asphalt.

The rollover sequence was captured and published by Life magazine later that year.

Daytona Beach News Journal