A horrifying and shocking crash happened Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. At least 30 people were injured in the crash, including two critically which also damaged the catch fence.
At least 12 cars were swept into a melee on the final lap. Kyle Larson’s car flew into the air and went into the catch fence. The entire front portion of his car fell off completely, with the engine and front wheels landing right in front of the grandstands.
Smoke from the burning engine briefly clouded the area, and emergency vehicles descended on the scene.
“Right now, the function is to determine what damage was done,” NASCAR president Mike Helton told ESPN.
Spectator Travis Smith witnessed the crash from inside the main grandstands.
“The damn car went through the fence. It shattered everywhere,” he told USA Today. “Tires went flying everywhere. Hit a bunch of people.”
The crash came as Nascar was primed for its most anticipated season-opening Daytona 500 in years, with Danica Patrick set to become the first woman to start a Sprint Cup race from the pole position and a fleet of new racecars making its debut.