Dozens of fans injured in Nationwide crash at Daytona (VIDEO/PHOTOS)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL ~Well it's the first official crash of NASCAR season and it was an ugly one! At least 28 people, including a child, were injured when Regan Smith, who was leading the race got turned causing a multi-car crash which sent  Kyle Larson's car airborne with his engine tearing through the fence Daytona International Motor Speedway on Saturday.   Fans about ten rows up were injured when metal  debris including a tire tore through the fence.  According to a spokesman at Halifax Health, fourteen people were taken to area hospitals. Two are listed in critical condition; one of those suffered a head injury, and the other is a child. Both are in stable condition.

"We responded appropriately according to our safety protocols and had emergency medical personnel at the incident immediately," track president Joie Chitwood said. "We're in the process of repairs to the facility and will be ready to go racing tomorrow."

Kyle Larson's car crashes through a fence
Kyle Larson's car crashes through a fence
Kyle Larson's engine and tire among debris that tore through the fence
Kyle Larson's engine and tire among debris that tore through the fence
While racing officials do not plan on displacing fans further away from the fences, fans are still in shock over the incident.

"It was like a war zone there," said fan Terry Huckaby, whose brother Eddie was hit in the leg by a three-foot piece of metal. Terry used his belt as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

Kyle Larson's car (#32) crashes into the fence
Kyle Larson's car (#32) crashes into the fence (AP Photo/ David Graham)
According to Yahoo! Sports, 'one woman wearing a Jimmie Johnson shirt appeared to have a foot injury as she was wheeled on a gurney to a waiting ambulance. An older man, wearing an oxygen mask while laying on a stretcher, also appeared to have suffered a leg injury. Another gurney transported a man in a neck support wearing a sling over his left arm. All appeared to be conscious.'
An injured woman rolled on a stretcher
An injured woman rolled on a stretcher (AP Photo/David Graham)
 
Injured spectators treated after crash (courtesy, AP)
Injured spectators treated after crash (courtesy, AP/David Graham)
 
Man gets help after being injured from crash debris
Man gets help after being injured from crash debris (Photo AP/David Graham)
Other injured drivers included Dale Earnhardt, JR (88), Brian Scott (2), Justin Allgaier (31), and Parker Klingerman (77). I think the racing officials responded quickly and appropriately making attending to the injured their top priority. I also think it's good to mention that  Tony Stewart won the race, but decided not to do the traditional post-race celebration.

''So as much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal to us, I'm more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands right now because that was ... I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn't look good from where I was at.''

We'll keep the injured in our prayers. Your Jersey Girlfriend, ~Angela Davis  

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