Daytona 500 Will Go On Despite Shocking Crash Saturday [VIDEO]
You’ve probably seen the stunning video of the Nationwide Crash at Daytona Saturday.
Kyle Larson, driver of the #32 Clorox car, was sent airborne into the catch fence on the final lap as drivers jockeyed for position following a previous Big One that took out 11 cars five laps earlier.
The #7 car, driven by Regan Smith, tried to put a block, or prevent the guy behind him from passing, on the #22 car of Brad Keslolwski. Smith got spun into the wall, setting off a chain reaction behind him. Larson’s car slammed into the catch fence that separates the track from the grandstands, and tore off the entire front clip, or nose of the car.
When it came to a rest on the track, everything from the firewall forward was gone. The engine for his car was resting inside the fence, and caught fire.
NASCAR track officials said they were confident about repairs to the catch fence, but were not able to fix the crossover gate that allows fans to walk from stands to the field.
An estimated 30 spectators were hurt, 18 transported to area hospitals. Two were said to be in serious but stable condition, one of them a 14 year old boy. Despite the extreme damage to the fence, NASCAR officials said the Daytona 500 race would go on as planned Sunday. Video courtesy of NewsCast Today and You-tube.