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NASCAR fans injured in a last lap crash

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At least 28 fans were injured at Daytona Motor Speedway Saturday when parts of a car involved in a crash flew into the stands.

Although the exact number of injured fans was unclear at first, 14 fans were treated for their injuries on site, and 14 fans were taken to area hospitals for treatment, Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said in a news conference. Chitwood did not elaborate on their conditions, said.

Six people who suffered from more serious injuries were taken by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center, where they were identified as meeting the conditions of trauma patients, Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron said according to

The 12 car pileup, which occurred during the last lap of the Nationwide race at Daytona, started at the front of the pack when contact was made between Regan Smith and the 2012 Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, the New York Times reported.

As a result, the No. 32 car driven by Kyle Larson got launched into the protective fencing that surrounds the track, sending airborne debris from the rookie driver's car straight through the fence and into the grandstands, the New York Times said.

Following the accident, Tony Stewart, the race's winner, quietly and respectfully celebrated the win with his crew in victory lane.

"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," Stewart said according to

The Daytona 500 will go ahead as planned for Sunday, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations Steve O'Donnell said.

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