Watch Driver Austin Dillon Survive One of Most Spectacular Crashes in NASCAR History
In one of the most spectacular crashes in NASCAR history, driver Austin Dillon’s car went totally airborne.
A catch fence kept the speeding car from slamming into the stands, and into the spectators at the Daytona International Speedway.
Some debris made it through the fence. Five spectators were hurt, but all the injuries were minor.
USA Today NASCAR writer Jeff Gluck told INSIDE EDITION, "NASCAR got very lucky, the fans got very lucky. [The fence] seemed to do its job. These fences do save lives, and I think this incident proved it."
The catch fence at Daytona was upgraded after a 2013 crash, when Kyle Larson's car flew into it on the last lap.
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The latest accident happened at 2:41 a.m. Monday. The race had been delayed due to rain. Pit crews rushed to Dillon's car and gave the thumbs-up that he was okay. Imagine anybody walking out of that alive!
"The catch fence is designed to catch parts, catch pieces, and in some cases, catch cars. And in this case, that's exactly what did happen," said Gluck.
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