Yesterday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona ended in spectacular, yet frightening fashion. On the race’s final lap, Austin Dillon was forced airborne and flew into a restraining fence. Miraculously, he was able to walk away from the carnage uninjured. Five fans suffered minor bumps and bruises.
All in all, it seems like it could have been much, much worse.
Even though things turned out better than one might expect considering the carnage, Dillon had some strong words for NASCAR regarding keeping cars on the ground.
“It’s not really acceptable, I don’t think,” Dillon told reporters after exiting the care center. “We’ve got to figure out something. Our speeds are too high, I think. I think everybody could get good racing with slower speeds. We can work at that, and then figure out a way to keep the cars on the ground. That’s the next thing. We’re fighting hard to make the racing good. I hope the fans appreciate that. We don’t, but it’s our job. You go out there and hold it wide open to the end and hope you make it through.”
[H/T: USA Today] “”