28 Fans Injured in Chilling Daytona Crash

Kyle Larson's car sends debris flying

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Feb 23, 2013 4:15 PM CST

(Newser) – More than two dozen NASCAR fans were injured today when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands when a car flew into the fence on a frightening last-lap accident in the second-tier Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway. As emergency workers tended to injured fans and ambulance sirens wailed in the background, a somber Tony Stewart skipped the traditional post-race victory celebration. The Orlando Sentinel reports that at least 28 fans were injured, four were fastened to backboards, and six were described as seriously injured.

The crash began as the field closed in on the finish line and sent rookie Kyle Larson's car sailing into the fence that separates the track from the seats. Large chunks of Larson's car landed in the grandstands. The car itself had its entire front end sheared off, with the burning engine wedged through a gaping hole in the fence. "There obviously was some intrusion into the fence and fortunately with the way the event's equipped up, there were plenty of emergency workers ready to go and they all jumped in on it pretty quickly," NASCAR President Mike Helton said. "Right now, it's just a function of determining what all damage is done. They're moving folks, as we've seen, to care centers and take some folks over to Halifax Medical." Click for more.

Injured spectators are treated after a crash at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Injured spectators are treated after a crash at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/David Graham)
Kyle Larson's car gets airborne during a multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kyle Larson's car gets airborne during a multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/David Graham)
Officials look at the engine and tire of driver Kyle Larson's car after he was involved in a multi-car crash at the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
Officials look at the engine and tire of driver Kyle Larson's car after he was involved in a multi-car crash at the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.   (AP Photo/David Graham)
Kyle Larson (32) goes into the catch fence at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kyle Larson (32) goes into the catch fence at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (Terry Renna)
Kyle Larson, left, slides to a stop near Regan Smith (7) after a wreck at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kyle Larson, left, slides to a stop near Regan Smith (7) after a wreck at the conclusion of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (Chris O'Meara)
Kyle Larson's car gets airborne during a multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kyle Larson's car gets airborne during a multi-car wreck on the final lap of the NASCAR Nationwide Series auto race Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/David Graham)
Kyle Larson is airborne after a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Kyle Larson is airborne after a multi-car crash at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla.   (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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