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Austin Dillon's car was catapulted into the catchfence in the Daytona International Speedway trioval during a massive crash at the end of Sunday night's Coke Zero 400 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the race.
Junior crossed the finish line ahead of a massive pack of cars typical of any restrictor plate race. Denny Hamlin got turned around behind Junior and chaos ensued. Dillon's car got launched from the inside line of the track over two lanes of cars and into the catchfence, where it hit bottom-side first, going from nearly 200 mph to zero in an instant.
According to Daytona president Joie Chitwood, eight fans declined treatment in the grandstands following the crash. The person taken to the hospital was treated and released from Halifax Health early Monday morning.
Replays showed debris from Dillon's car making it through the catchfence towards the grandstands. Dillon walked away from the crash and waved to the crowd. He was released from the infield care center afterwards and said he had a bruised tailbone and forearm.
“I am just going to be really sore," Dillon said. "It got my tailbone pretty good and my arm. Should be fine, just go ice it up and get ready for Kentucky. But just thank the good Lord for taking care of me and for what NASCAR has done to make the sport this much safer. I just hope everybody in the stands is all right. That is the next biggest concern. Just praying for everybody and glad the good Lord looked out for me tonight.”
The impact tore an incredibly large hole in the catch fence and ripped the engine block from Dillon's car. The engine sat in the infield of the track smoldering after the crash. All that was left of Dillon's car was the roll cage encapsulating the cockpit and it came to rest upside down at the end of pit road after being hit by Brad Keselowski's car.
The crash was very similar to one in the Xfinity Series in 2013 when Kyle Larson's car flew into the catchfence near the finish line. Over 20 fans were injured from crash debris.
Nick Bromberg is the editor of From The Marbles on Yahoo