Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 2/27/13
NASCAR barely dodged a major disaster on Saturday. How long the sport continues to remain so lucky in regard to the safety of its fans, however, remains to be seen. The closing laps of the second-tier Nationwide Series season opener had already seen one major 13-car crash that sent driver Michael Annett to the hospital with chest injuries (where he was kept overnight Saturday for observation). That, unfortunately, was just a prelude to what occurred at the checkered flag. Tony Stewart came out of Turn 4 with the lead while being followed by a dozen other drivers jockeying for final position. Regan Smith was attempting to block defending NASCAR Cup champion Brad Keselowski. One of the cars got sideways, triggering another massive wreck. In the process, the #32 car of Kyle Larson got airborne and wound up going head-first into the catch-fence just before the flag stand at the start-finish line. Ultimately, both front tires and the entire front end, including the engine, went through the turnbuckles
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