Perhaps the 17-car pile-up at this year’s Geico 500 was an omen of things to come. Though no casualties resulted from the accident itself, two dead bodies surfaced on the racecourse. The two men were found in a camper along the Superspeedway, long gone by the time police arrived on the scene. They’re currently examining the bodies at the coroner’s and have not quite found an explanation for this puzzling turn of events. Rest assured that no foul play is suspected though.
The two men were identified as Florida residents 19-year old Joshua Douin and 48-year old James Cook. It isn’t clear how these two individuals knew each other or were even hanging out, given their wide age disparity. Perhaps Douin was just really mature for his age?
As there always are with unexplained death, speculations on causes of death have been abounding across the internet. Some netizens have posited carbon monoxide poisoning, which is totally possible given all the motorized activity going on and the extravaganza of crashes. Others have theorized that fumes of a different kind may have led the two to their untimely end. After all, a good swig of moonshine is not entirely unwelcome at any NASCAR event and the two may have just gone overboard. Or paid dearly for being cheap with their alcohol. In any case, their unfortunate deaths are a grisly reminder that things could always be worse for the likes of Matt Kenseth, Chris Buescher and Dale Earnhardt Jr., who all narrowly escaped with their own lives from the extremely tumultuous course. It appears that Talladega might be at its deadliest off track.