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Daytona Int'l Speedway Investigating After Fiery Crash During Coke Zero 400

Photo: Daytona International Speedway
Photo: Daytona International Speedway

Daytona International Speedway is still reeling from a fiery crash near the end of the rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 early this morning. Dale Earnhardt Jr’s race victory was muted by the sight of driver Austin Dillon’s car careening through the air and smashing into a crash safety fence in front of grandstands packed with fans.

Debris sprayed the crowd. Track President Joie Chitwood said thirteen people suffered minor injuries. He explained that while the track is making safety a priority in its ongoing renovations, he’s still looking for ways to improve.

“We’ll take this situation, we’ll learn from it, we’ll analyze it, we’ll round up our engineering team and see if there’s any additional things we can learn to get better the next time,” said Chitwood.

Driver Austin Dillon walked away from the crash with a bruised tailbone and forearm.

Nicole came to Central Florida to attend Rollins College and started working for Orlando’s ABC News Radio affiliate shortly after graduation. She joined Central Florida Public Media in 2010. As a field reporter, news anchor and radio show host in the City Beautiful, she has covered everything from local arts to national elections, from extraordinary hurricanes to historic space flights, from the people and procedures of Florida’s justice system to the changing face of the state’s economy.