The Nationwide Series season opener at Daytona ended in tragedy today. A number of race fans were transported to the hospital when the expected last-lap melee wiped out almost the entire field, sent Kyle Larson's car spinning up into the fence and showered the fans with debris. The fence returned most of the car to the track but the engine and the right front tire, with the suspension attached, flew into the crowd on the front stretch.
According to Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood fourteen people were transported to the hospital and fourteen additional fans were treated at the track and released. SPEED is reporting that two fans are in critical condition including a minor.
Tony Stewart won the DRIVE4COPD 300 but clearly that is not important when fellow NASCAR fans are suffering.