There were at least 28 NASCAR fans injured on Saturday in the Nationwide race on the final lap when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway according to the Associated Press on Feb. 23. Large chunks of debris that included a tire soared through the air into the grandstands when Kyle Larson's car hit the fence in a fiery crash.
The crash started as the field closed in on the finish line on the last lap as rookie Kyle Larson's car flew into the fence that separates the seats from the race track. Large parts of the car landed in the grandstand. The car had its whole front end sheared off, leaving the burning engine lodged through a huge hole in the fence.
Joie Chitwood, Daytona International Speedway President stated that 14 fans were treated at the race track and 14 more fans were taken to local hospitals. Dave Byron, Volusia County spokesman stated that six people were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach. They had serious injuries. A reporter from ESPN stated that two of the fans were in critical condition.
The 12 drivers that were involved in the incident were uninjured and released from medical care. Tony Stewart won the race but declined to celebrate his win because of concern for those fans injured in the accident.
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