Autopsy reveals NASCAR crew chief died of cocaine, oxycodone and alcohol combo

An autopsy revealed that NASCAR crew chief Nick Harrison died with alcohol, cocaine and oxycodone in his system.

Cocaine, oxycodone and alcohol were found in the system of NASCAR Xfinity Series crew chief Nick Harrison, according to a report released on Tuesday by the North Carolina medical examiner.

Harrison, 37, died on July 21. He oversaw Justin Haley’s No. 11 team in the Xfinity Series with Kaulig Racing. Harrison was found dead at his home the morning following the Xfinity race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The medical examiner report stated Harrison had 0.32 mg/L of oxycodone, a prescription opioid, 14 mg/L of cocaine and alcohol in his system, which led to his death. The report also revealed that Harrison suffered from hypertension, cardiovascular disease and had an enlarged liver and heart.

Harrison previously crew-chiefed for five seasons in the Cup Series, including two near full-time stints for Kurt Busch and Landon Cassill while at Phoenix Racing.

Harrison was also a decorated Late Model crew chief, starting his career at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville as a crew chief for Steadman Marlin — the son of two-time Daytona 500 winner Sterling Marlin.

It was that shared short track background that landed him at Kaulig Racing under the employ of team president Chris Rice, a Late Model crew chief turned NASCAR lifer.

The NASCAR community has been paying respect to Harrison through the use of his “hauling ballz” catchphrase, which has been printed on memorabilia.

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