Kyle Busch had a frightening moment today when he crashed hard into an exterior wall with just 10 laps to go in the Xfinity Series Alert Today Florida 300 at Daytona International Speedway.
Buschs' car went flying off to the left during a multi-car spinout, then slammed into an unprotected barrier with such force that it richocheted off it and backwards. NASCAR announced Busch suffered a right lower leg compound fracture and a left mid-foot fracture. His injuries require surgery, and he will miss the Daytona 500 on Sunday.
The crash set off a handful of NASCAR drivers who couldn't understand why any barrier around the race track would be left exposed. Many of them called for SAFER barriers, which stands for Steel and Foam Energy Reduction.
I'm genuinely furious right now. Any wall in any of the top 3 series without safer barriers is INEXCUSABLE. It's 2015.— Regan Smith (@ReganSmith) February 21, 2015
Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood issued this statement in response to the criticism.
"We should have had a SAFER barrier there today, we did not. We're going to fix that." - DIS President Joie Chitwood http://t.co/AwiwMACWgv— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 22, 2015
It's been a rough couple months for Busch, and this is a terrible accident ahead of the most important and most prestigious race of the year.
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