UPDATEAt least 28 people were injured Saturday when large chunks of debris, including a tire, sailed into the grandstands when a car flew into the fence at Daytona International Speedway on a frightening last-lap accident in the second-tier Nationwide Series race, Wesh news reports.
Of those injured, 14 were treated and released on site while 14 were taken to local hospitals. Two of the victims were critically injured, and one of them was in surgery Saturday night because of a head injury, Wesh reports.
Tony Stewart may have taken the checkered flag,but all eyes were focused on the crash that featured Kyle Larson’s car being torn in half and jettisoned into the seats.
The drivers involved; Kyle Larson, Justin Allgaier and Brad Keselowski, were reported to have left the infield care center with out serious injury.
While the drivers are ok, there is confusion about the state of the fans involved in the wreckage that climbed over the guard fence and into the grandstands.
In an interview with NASCAR president Mike Helton conducted by an ESPN broadcaster, Helton confirmed after the race that spectators had been injured but there were no further details.