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Published 3 years ago with 13 Comments

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Crash

Austin Dillon car (3) crashes against the catch fence during the finish of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

  • Photo credit:Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

 
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  • SamuraiJosh
    +7

    The safety teams that have worked on the cars and the fence deserve a pat on the back for this. 10 years ago and that driver would be dead, along with some fans.

    • verdacomb
      +2

      It's amazing, but still got torn to shreds. I bet people were hit with debris. Maybe a better set up would be for the track to be lower, in a pit. The audience would look down into the pit. I'm not an engineer, so that's really none of my business.

    • ThermalShock
      +1

      The leaps and bounds they've made in regards to safety really do deserve a great deal of recognition. I'd hate to see the same wreak a decade or two ago.

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  • potateHoe
    +2

    I feel like that must be absolutely terrifying. I mean one time I fish tailed while driving one snowy night and nearly pooped myself. Well this guy has taken flight, so I just can't imagine the terror.

  • NinjaKlaus
    +2

    I do not like the COT | Gen 6 car, it looks like absolutely no real world car. I hate they all have to be equal instead of building cars and seeing if they are better like in the old days, but I can't deny the absolute safety that these tanks bring to the track. In the old days that car would have been nothing, and Austin would have been gone. With all the safety now, he actually got to walk away, that was the best site to see I believe, he was pulled out by a pit crew and managed to stand up and walk to that ambulance, amazing.

  • skeeva (edited 3 years ago)
    +1

    I honestly dont get the appeal of nascar. I love sports. I'm competitive to a fault. I follow sports like soccer and golf that I don't particularly enjoy just because. But I just don't understand the appeal of going left for 4 hours. The best description I've heard is: 'Do you watch NASCAR to see who wins or do you watch NASCAR for the crashes? A little of both.' Also, I've heard it's a lot better live.

    • ThermalShock
      +2

      I stopped following Nascar after they introduced the chase for the cup points race. However what was good about the series was how competitive the racing is. In a race you'll see dozens of lead car changes. As opposed to say Formula 1 where a single car can lead the entire race. Also in the last few laps of a race often the top ten or twenty cars still have a chance at winning. Something that you don't really see in a more traditional road course configuration.

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