Daytona Nationwide Race: Frightening Fan Footage of Saturday’s Wreck (Videos)

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Even if you’re not a big NASCAR fan, you probably heard about the big wreck at Daytona this weekend.

During Saturday’s Nationwide season-opener, on the day before the Daytona 500, a spectacular wreck on the very last lap sent the car of rookie driver Kyle Larson flying up into the fence. When the smoke began to clear, what we saw was shocking: the entire front end of Larson’s car had been chopped off, his burning engine was on the other side of the fence, and a 70-pound tire was sitting ten rows up into the grandstand.

Of course, it wasn’t just the tire and the engine that went into the stands. There was a good deal of metal shrapnel as well. In all, 19 people were reportedly taken to the hospital, with two being labeled in “critical condition” for a while  (with head trauma) before being downgraded to “stable.”

Here’s the wreck as seen by viewers at home, safe on their couches:

But if you want to get a sense of what it would be like to witness the carnage of a wreck like this up close, you’ll want to check out the next video. It was shot by a fan sitting about four seats away from where one of the tires landed in the crowd, and it really captures the horror of the scene:

This clip was uploaded to YouTube by a fan just hours after the wreck happened. And although NASCAR initially had it taken down, citing copyright infringement, it eventually went back up, with YouTube saying it did not violate any copyright laws.

Nice try, NASCAR—not that I blame you. Personally, this video doesn’t exactly make me eager to check out a live NASCAR event any time soon.

Hat Tip – [Sporting News]

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