Orlando Paper Reports "Probe Finds Car-Design Flaws"

Published reports say the NASCAR investigation of Dale Earnhardt's fatal wreck has found that cars aren't safe enough in crashes. But the Orlando Sentinel says the report does NOT blame a broken seat belt for the death of the racing great. The paper says the investigation also essentially confirms the findings of the court-appointed independent expert. He determined Earnhardt died of a sudden head-whip when his car hit the wall Februrary 18th on the final lap of the Daytona 500.

Sources close to the investigation have been talking to Sentinel auto racing writer Ed Hinton on condition of anonymity. NASCAR president Mike Helton and chairman Bill France Junior have declined to comment to the Sentinel. The racing organization's report is to be released August 21st in Atlanta.