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February 26, 2013

Daytona 500 was uneventful

Catch fence did its job

(Continued)

RUSHVILLE — Several drivers that have to be considered championship contenders had a dismal start to the season, Tony Stewart, Kevin Harvick, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards all finished outside the top 30 at Daytona.

The scariest situation of the whole weekend took place on the final lap of the Nationwide Series race when Kyle Larson’s car got airborne in the tri-oval and knocked out a large section of the catch fence, spraying car parts into the grandstand.

I don’t ever think that I’ve seen the front third of a car peeled off like Larson’s Chevrolet did when he got into the fence.

The fortunate thing is that the catch fence performed as expected, it kept the car from landing in the grandstand. Granted, parts injured a number of fans, but none with life threatening injuries.

There will be a lot of discussions about how to improve fan safety in the future.

The only way to insure that safety is to not sell seats that close to any track. But it won’t stop fans from standing along the edge of the track to watch the cars streak past.

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