28 NASCAR fans injured due to Daytona Nationwide multiple car crash, Tony Stewart wins race (Video)By Angel Cuala on Feb 24, 2013 in Racing, Sports, United States •
At least 28 NASCAR fans were injured during the Daytona Nationwide race on Saturday, February 23, 2013. This is after one of the speeding race cars flew to the fence, as shown in the video below, where 12 cars were involved. Tony Stewart won the race, and the injured spectators were brought to different hospitals.
2013 Daytona Nationwide crash
Image Credit: NASCAR video
As noted at AOL.SportingNews.com on Saturday afternoon, the Daytona Nationwide crash occurred during the last lap of the race, causing the car of Kyle Larson to fly towards the fence and was torn into pieces. At least 11 spectators were brought to Halifax Medical Center, after they were hit by debris of the damaged car.
According to the report, NASCAR President Mike Helton confirmed that there were injured race fans, which were immediately brought to the infield care center and Halifax Memorial Hospital in Daytona Beach. None of the drivers were injured, including Larson, whose car parts flew in the track.
“There was obviously some intrusion into the fence, and fortunately with the way the events are equipped, there were plenty of emergency workers ready to go. They all jumped on it pretty quickly.” Helton was quoted in an ESPN interview in a Fox News report, speaking about the tragic incident.
Apparently, the multiple car crash started when Regan Smith was leading, and being followed by Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart. However, Keselowski had a bump on the back bumper of Smith‘s car, which caused it to go sideways and hit the fence; and eventually caused some cars to hit each other.
“I hope all the fans are OK. I took a couple of big hits and saw my engine was gone. I was getting pushed from behind. Before I could react, it was too late. Flames came in the cockpit, but I was able to get out of the car quick.” Larson was quoted was saying, who was competing in the Nationwide race for the first time.
“First and foremost our thoughts and prayers are with our race fans. Following the incident we responded appropriately according to our safety protocols, and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately.” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood was quoted at Examiner.com.
“We transported 14 people off property and treated 14 people at our on-track care center. We’re in the process of repairing the facility and will be ready to go racing tomorrow.” Chitwood added, noting that the damaged fence will be fixed over the night and will be finished in time for the Daytona 500 this Sunday.
2013 NASCAR Daytona Nationwide crash
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