Transcript for NASCAR Crash: Fans Injured at Daytona International Speedway
We're going to begin this morning with the that terrifying crash at daytona international speedway. Abc's matt gutman joins us now from the scene. Good morning to you, matt. Reporter: Good morning, bianna, nearly 200,000 people were on hand to watch that near-physics-defieing crash. Launch into air. Disintegrated as it hit that fence. 28 people hurt, including a child. All of them this morning are in stable condition. This morning, fans and drivers, alike, recovering from near-death at nascar. Stuff was flying everywhere, like you were in a war zone. Reporter: This massive shotgun of debris, came after this tangle of cars on the last lap. And contact! Reporter: Watch these cars heading toward the finish line, where kyle larson's number 32 is launched airborne. The front of the car was gone. Reporter: This video shot by a fan, you can see chunks of the car into the stands. This 25-pound car tire plunged ten rows into the packed stands. Nearby, he rushed to the aid of his brother eddie. I grabbed my belt and tied it around the leg. That seemed to help. Reporter: Rescuers came quickly, but more than two dozen hurt. Two of them critically. But dedicated fans said that the accident won't keep them from being at nascar's premiere race, later today. The daytona 500. I'm not going to miss the race tomorrow. Reporter: Not even this man, skipping over and ducking the onslaught of debris. Fluids, parts, pieces. Reporter: Crashes are a well-known part of the nascar experience. Watch this 25-car pileup in 2012 and in this carl edwards' crash in 2009, eight fans were injured. Oh, my gosh. Welcome back to daytona international raceway. Reporter: But it's jernd that will have millions of fans glued to the television, danica patrick leads the race after the pole position. Now, race officials say they have been working there you the night to get the track ready to go today, of course, mend that fence, they could get some extra time. It could rain today. We could see some delays. Matt gutman, thank you. Let's go to allen bestwick who was on the network. Allen, thank you for being with us this morning. Let me ask you on the air yesterday, you described this crash as "shocking but not surprising." Those were your words. What did you mean by that? Well, when you have drivers on the last lap at a race on daytona, charging to the finish for a chance to win, they're going to do whatever it takes to win. When people are racing, doing whatever it takes at nearly 200 miles per hour, we shouldn't be surprised when the unexpected happens. Even though the unexpected can happens we're still shocked when it does. Drivers assume the risk of competing. Fans don't necessarily assume that risk when they come to watch the race. Let me pick up on that. If I'm watching these pictures and I'm thinking, should I take family members and loved ones to a nascar event, should I be thinking twice? No, not at all. Grab your sun block and head out to the racetrack and have a good time. I have been doinghis for over 25 years. Four times in that 25 races, that that's hundreds of thousands laps of races that I have seen anything like that. It's like going to an airport, getting on airplane, enjoy your flight, strange things happen on rare, rare occasions. I suspect that I know how you're going to ask this question, some people have raised the question, perhaps the daytona 500 should not go on today, what is your view of that? And that's a very natural reaction to consider out of respect for those who were injured here yesterday. But, the race should go on. Just in every other area of life, we carry on. The drivers have a chance to win the biggest prize in their sport, the daytona 500. They have been preparing this for three months. Fans have been planning to come here for a year on vacation. Before the race, the drivers will be mindful and respectful of those were injured. We'll be watching. Allen bestwick, from espn, our partner network, who has more than 250 years of trackside experience. Thank you very much for joining us this morning. It's incredible watching that video. The car parts acting as missiles the newest round of wicked
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