On Sunday, Jimmy Johnson won the Daytona 500 for the second time in his career. The five-time NASCAR champion’s victory came just one day after there was a major scare on the very same track.
A crash during the Nationwide Series Drive4COPD 300 resulted in 28 injured fans, sending half of them to the hospital. On the last lap of the race, more than a dozen cars were involved in the wreck, and debris flew into the stands. Tires went into the crowd, as well as parts of Kyle Larson’s car, when the front clip of the vehicle was cut off.
Fourteen of the injured fans were treated at the Daytona International Speedway, but others were badly hurt. Two fans suffered critical injuries, with one being life-threatening. ESPN is reporting that a hospital representative claims the two people are in stable condition.
The 22-foot high fence was no match for the much of the wreckage. Debris went over the fence and through holes that were created by the crash.
Despite the incident, the Daytona 500 went on as planned. Speedway president Joie Chitwood said he was satisfied with the condition of the track.
"At 8 a.m., we met with NASCAR, we reviewed all of the repairs that we made last evening," Chitwood told reporters on Sunday. "We worked late into the evening and are prepared to go racing today.
The cars were racing at top speeds of approximately 175 mph at the time of the crash. All of the drivers involved were checked at a medical tent on the infield and avoided any serious injuries.
Below is the video of the crash on the day before the 2013 Daytona 500.