Oklahoma NASCAR Fans Witness Daytona Crash
YUKON, Oklahoma - Two Oklahoma NASCAR fans who were watching the Nationwide race when a wreck sent debris into the stands, spoke out Thursday about what they saw.
While at least three injured fans considered suing for damages, the two Yukon men said their tickets had a disclaimer on the back and the safety fence did its job.
The race cars were coming out of the third turn on the last lap of the race when cars began spinning out of control. One of those cars launched into the air and crashed into the safety fence.
"It just happened so fast, you couldn't really tell what had happened and who was what, but I just happened to follow the car with my phone," said Allen Chambers, who caught the crash on his cell phone.
"There were paramedics, they came up really quick. I mean they got there really fast and people just kind of stayed out of the way and you could barely make out people [lying] down on the ground."
Debris from the crushed car flew into the stands where more than 30 fans suffered injuries.
"We went down a couple rows just to kind of see. You could see the motor laying up against the fence and part of, almost half of the front end was sitting up on our side of the fence," said Chambers.
"A lot of people were talking about how they didn't think the fence really did a good job, but in all reality it did its job or there'd be hundreds more hurt."
Chambers and his friend were back at the track the next day sitting in the front row for the Daytona 500. He said the crash was a fluke and would not stop him from going back to the racetrack to enjoy future NASCAR events.