Moorseville, NC Two Killed In Collision, Sep 1990
NASCAR DRIVER MOROSO IS KILLED IN HIGHWAY CRASH.
Mooresville, N.C. - ROB MOROSO, a sure bet as NASCAR'S Rookie of the Year, died late Sunday on his way home from the Holly Farms 400 in North Wilkesboro, N.C.
MOROSO, estimated by North Carolina state police to be driving 75 mph on a twisting highway that has a 55 mph speed limit, lost control of his Oldsmobile on a tight curve a few miles from his home.
His car spun and was struck broadside on the drivers' by a car driven by TAMMY WILLIAMS, 27, of China Grove, N.C.
MOROSO, who celebrated his 22nd birthday Wednesday, and WILLIAMS died at the scene, about a half-hour before midnight.
MOROSO'S girlfriend, DEBBIE BRYAN, 26, of Matthews, N.C., was listed Monday in critical but stable condition at a Charlotte hospital. WILLIAMS' passenger, JOHN EARNHARDT was listed as stable in the intensive care unit of another area hospital.
"The phones at the office have been ringing constantly throughout the day, people calling to ask if it is true," said NASCAR beat writer Tom Higgins of the Charlotte Observer. "They just can't believe it."
MOROSO is the son of Dick Moroso, who owns Moroso Motorsports Park in West Palm Beach and leases Miami-Hollywood Motorsports Park in Pembroke Pines.
The elder Moroso and his wife, Laurie, Rob's stepmother and general manager of the West Palm track, live on Singer Island off Riviera Beach.
Rob's grandmother, Dorothy, lives in Boynton Beach.
MOROSO was born in 1968 in Greenwich, Conn., into a family that helped pioneer the specialty field of performance auto parts.
At 16, MOROSO won a NASCAR touring series race at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Va.
He moved up to the Busch Grand National Series in 1987, and won the series title in 1989.
MOROSO jumped into Winston Cup this year, racing the Crown Petroleum Oldsmobile. His best finish was ninth, at the Firecracker 400 at Daytona in July.
After 26 starts, including Sunday's at North Wilkesboro, where he finished 21st, MOROSO was 26th in the standings and far in front of the other two rookies, Jack Pennington and Jerry O'Neil.
MOROSO was to drive Sunday in the Mello Yello 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, his favorite track.
"We had a pretty good race Sunday, have a fabulous points race going on, and Charlotte coming up this week, which is the biggest event in the second half of the season," said Winston Cup executive Bob Kelly.
"Then you wake up this morning and hear on the radio that a guy you have been racing with and working with and carrying on with is no longer with us."
"It's a tough damned thing to bite."
The family will receive friends tonight at 7 p.m. at the Moroso shop in Moorseville.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Smith Tower at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The Sun-Sentinel Florida 1990-10-02