Daytona International Speedway has been repaired in time for NASCAR's biggest race, and officials are willing to relocate fans concerned about safety following a horrific crash that injured more than 30 people.
Track President Joie Chitwood says workers repaired a section of fence about 200 feet from the start-finish line, the area shredded Saturday when Kyle Larson's car went airborne on the final lap of a second-tier race and crashed through the barrier that separates the cars from the track. Large pieces of debris, including a tire, sprayed into the upper and lower section of the stands.
Twelve patients were transported to Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach while six were taken to Port Orange. Most suffered traumatic injuries, with two in critical condition. As of Sunday morning, all of the patients were in stable condition.
Terry Huckabee and his younger brother, Eddie, are visiting from Denton, Tex. He said Eddie was one of the fans who underwent surgery Saturday night. "He had a pretty massive cut on his leg from a piece of metal," Huckabee said. "They're going to keep for at least 48 hours until they get him up to date."
Huckabee said he has been to many NASCAR races for several years but had never seen anything like Saturday's crash. "When the car hit, debris went everywhere. Tires went over our heads. It was like a war zone."
Chitwood says if any fans are uncomfortable with their up-close seating for Sunday's Daytona 500, officials will work to move them.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.