March 22, 1997 in Sports

Injured Driver Dies

Compiled From Wire Services

NASCAR truck series driver John Nemechek, who had been in a coma since suffering brain damage in a crash on Sunday, died in Miami.

Nemechek, 27, died at 11:30 a.m., only a day after doctors at Jackson Memorial Hospital had said that his vital signs remained stable and that pressure on the brain due to the injury had not increased.

Nemechek’s brother, NASCAR Winston Cup driver Joe Nemechek, is withdrawing from Sunday’s Winston Cup TranSouth Financial 400 at Darlington, S.C.

Dale Jarrett, the Winston Cup points leader, came up with his second straight pole on the 1.316-mile circuit, leading the opening round of time trials for the TranSouth Financial 400.

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