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“Crashfest” at Drive 4COPD 300 at Daytona; Several Injured in the Stands

Sat February 23 2013 6:03 pm
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A difficult end to an amazing race. Kyle Larson gets airborne with several cars piling up behind. Tony Stewart found his way to victory lane.

A multi-car crash occurred near the end of the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 race on the same Daytona, Florida track where the Daytona 500 will be held on Sunday.

Driver Kyle Larson’s car (#32) ended up going airborne and flying into a fence that separates the track from spectators. Number 32 broke into pieces — including tires and a fiery engine, and was seen stopped and then towed with no front end. Larson climbed out of the car himself, and was able to walk away from his vehicle.

Several spectator were hit by flying debris and were seen down in the grandstand. A wheel rested in a seat. The #32 car’s engine was lodged in a protective grandstand fence, and dislodged and removed with a forklift.

In the multi-casualty situation, at least 10 ambulances lined up on the track. Victims were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center and Florida Hospital Memorial Medical Center. At least 28 people are reported injured. 14 fans were treated on site, and 14 fans were taken to local hospitals. A child was also reported injured.

WARNING GRAPHIC: Collection of still frames showing the crash and aftermath.

Cell phone video from spectator.

Link to additional video showing spectator view of the Kyle Larson crash …

Earlier in the race …

At 20 minutes, five laps from the finish, a 13-car accident injured driver Michael Annett.


Travis Pastrana watches an eleven car crash develop right in front of him while racing the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona. He describes it over the radio as a “hold chaotic crashfest.” Welcome to NASCAR Travis.

Joe Nemechek, Mike Wallace, Kurt Busch and Reed Sorenson go for a spin through the infield in Saturday’s Nationwide race.

An early exit for Danica Patrick after a strong start to the race. Cars were crashing behind her when her motor mysteriously shut down. Regan Smith narrowly misses other drivers while skidding out of turn 4.

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