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Did equipment failure doom Earnhardt?

By Mike Harris Associated Press Published:

ROCKINGHAM, N.C. _ Dale Earnhardt might have survived slamming into a concrete wall at the Daytona 500 if his lap belt had not broken, a NASCAR doctor said. Earnhardt probably was thrust into the steering wheel because he wasn't fully supported, said Dr. Steve Bohannon, head of emergency medical services at the Daytona track.

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