Tony Stewart drove through the wreckage to win the NASCAR Nationwide series race on Saturday night. The victory wasn’t the memorable event unfortunately, it was the front half of Kyle Larson’s car, flying into the stands as a smoke and debris filled scene occurred just before Stewart crossed the start / finish line.
28 fans were injured by parts of Larson’s car, engine and tires as they flew into the grandstands. 2 fans were originally listed in critical condition but after surgery were upgraded.
I witnessed the tragic crash and resulting death of Indy Car driver Dan Wheldon. As tragic a crash the Indy Car carnage was, this looked like a much worse crash overall. I watched in amazement as forklifts struggled to life an engine and an entire front end, including tires and wheels, out of the seating area.
Can you imagine those parts coming towards you at 60-70-80-130 miles per hour?
The protective fence busted, the posts holding the fence were sheared off, the strengthening cable tore apart, the cement wall was chipped up a bit but all of those components together did their job.
After an unfortunate event like what we witnessed on Saturday evening took place we want to point fingers immediately. In this case, we need to just learn, listen, look and expound upon the positives.
I mean come on, a car…a car flies though the air at 160 miles per hour, splits in half against a fence no more than 10 feet away from spectators sitting there cheering for their favorite drivers and no one is killed. No one is killed!