At least 28 NASCAR fans injured this week at the Daytona International Speedway has the public talking this week, as Dallas News reported this Saturday, Feb. 23, that a race car recently smashed into the fence at the Nationwide Series, with large debris chunks — that includes a full tire — flying into the stands.
Fortunately no deaths came as a result of the dangerous NASCAR crash that ironically happened on the very last lap of the Nationwide race. The crash itself started on the close to the finish line, where rookie driver Kyle Larson’s car hit the wreck and flew into the fence between the track itself and the fans in the seats.
One of Larson’s tires as well as debris from his totaled car flew into the grandstands, with the race car itself having the front end fully clipped, and the engine on fire stuck in a wide hole in the fence.
At least 28 NASCAR fans injured made headlines, with Speedway President Joie Chitwood saying that 14 fans were treated for injuries on the field, and another taken to local hospitals. However, more may have been injured that 28 Daytona fans, as authorities have given numbers ranging in the early 30s and up.
Danica Patrick out of the Nationwide Series was also a blow to some fans of the talented driver as she experienced engine trouble on the track, yet she’s sure to shine with the other competitors at the upcoming Daytona 500.