Just a quick update on that horrific Nationwide Series wreck you might have seen on the site last night: At least 28 fans were injured—two critically—when Kyle Larson’s car careened into the Daytona fence, sending a full motor, tires, and other debris into the crowd. NASCAR spent last yesterday determined to keep video of the incident off line, but as of today, the clip is still on YouTube and ESPN:
Quotes from eyewitnesses are even more chilling. Eddie Huckaby of Krum, Texas, told ESPN that it was like a "war zone." "Stuff was flying everywhere. It was like you was in a war zone or something. Tires were flying by and smoke and everything else. When I say war zone, there was smoke from a motor. You've got to realize a motor was sitting in the stands. A wheel -- I don't mean a tire -- a wheel with a hub hanging onto it and debris everywhere ... and smoke and people upset. It was kind of scary."
Nuts. Despite all the damage done to the fence and the fanbase, though, today's Daytona 500 will go on as planned. Repairs to the damaged area were completed at 2 a.m., and drivers—including pole leader Danica Patrick—will start their engines at around 1:30 this afternoon.