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NASCAR Crash Leaves Spectators Injured

February 28, 2013
By Jason Kinner of Paintsville Jr Sr High School



NASCAR Crash Leaves Spectators Injured

 

On February 23rd, the NASCAR Daytona 500 took place. This race contained a serious 12 car crash that injured spectators.

The crash happened on the last lap of the Daytona 500. Kyle Larson's car's engine, flying at speeds over 150 miles per hour, was sent flying through the fence and into the stands, injuring 33 spectators. Out of the 33 spectators, 14 were taken to hospitals and an additional 14 were treated at the track. Of the drivers included in the crash, none were injured. Larson, the driver whose engine was sent flying through the fence, said, “Had some flames come in the cockpit, but luckily I was all right and could get out of the car quick,” in regard to the incident.

The Daytona 500 has been one of the top races for a NASCAR driver to win in the history of NASCAR. Jimmie Johnson, who avoided the crash, came out to win the race, making it his second Daytona 500 race win. The crash has made NASCAR consider putting a speed cap in place to avoid crashes like this.

The crash was an overall disaster for the 12 drivers and the 33 injured spectators. The spectators have been recognized as in stable condition today.

 

By: Zach Baldwin


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