Nationwide Series

Violent Daytona crash mars NASCAR race, injures fans

Fans hurt in ugly Nationwide Series wreck in Daytona
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<p> Fans hurt in ugly Nationwide Series wreck in Daytona.</p>

DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A violent ending to Saturday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series DRIVE4COPD 300 at Daytona International Speedway marred an exciting race and left numerous fans injured and a sport shaken.

As a pack of cars sprinted to the start-finish line on the event’s final lap, a massive crash broke out when Regan Smith attempted to block Brad Keselowski while racing for the lead. Smith’s car clipped the nose of Keselowski in the tri-oval and impacted the wall head-on. Keselowski also spun, and chaos ensued when drivers took evasive action to miss the accident.

Here Comes Danica

Danica Patrick comes full circle - literally - heading to NASCAR full-time in 2012

by Vito Pugliese

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<p> Athlon Sports contributor Vito Pugliese examines Danica Patrick's decision to move to NASCAR full-time in 2012 and what we should expect from her going forward.</p>