Kyle Larson’s car was torn apart and several fans were injured because of a wreck that occurred at the end of the Drive4COPD 300 at Daytona Saturday.
The wreck was caused when Brad Keselowski bumped leader Regan Smith, whose car turned into the wall as they were going down the final stretch. Several cars got caught behind Smith, including Larson’s No. 32 car, which got spun around and had its front and back end ripped off. Parts and debris from Larson’s car went over the catch fence and into the stands where they injured several spectators. 12 different drivers were involved in the wreck.
Keselowski explained after the race what he was doing.
“We made a move to try and win the race,” Keselowski said, via FOXSports.com’s Lee Spencer. “We were in the catbird seat. Regan was in a good spot. He was first and I was second and we were pushing. I kind of had the run and the move to win the race and Regan obviously tried to block it and that’s understandable. He wants to win too and at the end it just caused chaos. There was obviously a big wreck with a lot of debris and cars torn up. I really hope everyone in the grandstands is OK. I think that’s the most important thing right now.
“From my view, it was a shot to win the race and I had it, and I wanted to get the Discount Tire Ford in Victory. It’s the first run for 2013 at Daytona and I made the move to do it, but it just didn’t turn out right.”
Tony Stewart ended up winning the race. At least 15 fans are reported to have been injured.
Here’s what Larson’s car ended up looking like: