Daytona crash investigation continues

The investigation into a last-lap crash at Daytona International Speedway that resulted in injuries to at least 28 fans has yet to be completed, according to NASCAR officials and those affiliated with the 2.5-mile facility. The car of development driver Kyle Larson was launched into the catchfence along the frontstretch on the final lap of the Drive4COPD 300, and debris from Larson's car was thrown into the grandstands.

"As far as the accident at Daytona, we're still in the middle of it and trying to see how everything falls together," Wayne Auton, NASCAR Nationwide Series director, said March 26. Thus far, he said, a determination has not been made as to whether changes will be required before the series returns to the facility later this year.

"As we do at any venue that we go to, if we see that any changes need to be made, then we'll check into it," he said. Lenny Santiago, Senior Director of Public Relations for Daytona International Speedway, said the track's examination of the fencing and whether modifications might be necessary was also yet to be completed.

"We are working with an outside engineering firm," Santiago said via e-mail, "to help us determine what, if any changes we should implement going forward." A representative with Turner Scott Motorsports said it is also the organization's understanding that the investigation has not been completed at this time.

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