Kyle Larson Crash At End Of NASCAR Nationwide Race Injures Fans (UPDATE)
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A multi-car crash at the end of NASCAR’s Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 28 spectators on Saturday, NASCAR said. After the lead cars became entangled coming down the front stretch on the final lap of the Drive4COPD 300, Kyle Larson’s No. 32 car crashed violently into the fence in front of the grandstands, tearing the vehicle in half and sending debris into the seats.
Several ambulances sped to the grandstands to transport the injured spectators. Medical personnel treated many fans in the stands. Though Larson walked away, several injured spectators were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach. Other patients were treated at the scene.
Driver Regan Smith led before spinning into the wall triggering the crash. Other vehicles swerved and spun, with Larson’s car launching into the fence. Debris was thrown more than 20 feet from the point of Larson’s impact with the fence. The engine of his car was left in the stands after the crash.
The accident left many fans shocked and amazed at the devastation of the crash. Tony Stewart won the race, but did not celebrate in victory lane.
Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood said during a Saturday evening press conference that Sunday’s Daytona 500 race will go on as scheduled despite Saturday’s crash that injured 28 spectators, including two critically. The fencing at the track is being repaired.
Fourteen of the injured were taken to area hospitals. Of the two patients listed in critical condition, one has a life-threatening head injury and the other is a child. Both are stable, Byron Cogdell, a spokesman at Halifax Health, said.