NASCAR: Final Lap Crash At Daytona Injures 33, 2 Seriously

Photo Credit: APAt least 33 fans were injured Saturday during a NASCAR race when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway, hurling a tire and large pieces of debris into the stands.

The accident happened on the last lap of the second-tier Nationwide Series race on the eve of Sunday’s Daytona 500, which officials said would go on as scheduled.

The crash began as the field approached the checkered flag and leader Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski to preserve the win. That triggered a chain reaction, and rookie Kyle Larson hit the cars in front of him and went airborne into the fence.

The entire front end was sheared off Larson’s car, and his burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence. Chunks of debris from the car were thrown into the stands, including a tire that cleared the top of the fence and landed midway up the spectator section closest to the track.

The 20-year-old Larson stood in shock several yards away from his car as fans in the stands waived frantically for help. Smoke from the burning engine briefly clouded the area, and emergency vehicles descended on the scene. Ambulance sirens could be heard wailing behind the grandstands at a time the race winner would typically be doing celebratory burnouts.

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  • All this human tragedy and Obama only wants to take away our guns. Where is his head if not up his rear end.

  • Only 15 were injured. One critically.

    • Fox reported more than 30 including one child criticly.

  • I am praying for these families that were involved in this accident. Praying for peace, comfort anf healing.

  • thomacx

    Time to ban Nascar and Monster Trucks!

  • CSN

    Always knew Nascar wasn’t worth watching.