Despite a crash that injured 28 fans on the final lap of the DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Sunday's running of the Daytona 500 is scheduled to proceed as normal.
Saturday's accident featured 12 cars and was caused by Regan Smith blocking Brad Keselowski as they came to the checkered flag of the 300-mile race at Daytona International Speedway. As the Smith and Keselowski cars began to slide sideways, the car driven by Kyle Larson made contact with Keselowski, sending Larson's car into the air and the outside retaining wall. The shredded front end of the car sent debris, including a tire and engine, into the stands, causing injuries to 28 fans.
Sunday's 55th running of the Great American Race will go on without a hitch, despite the Nationwide race accident. This edition of the Dayton 500 is historic, as Danica Patrick is the first female to capture the pole position at the event. Jeff Gordon holds the second position, in the front row with Patrick, followed by Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch and Greg Biffle in positions three through five.
Gordon will be searching for his fourth career Dayton 500 victory on Sunday. Tony Stewart, who won Saturday's injury-marred Nationwide race, will start 13th on Sunday and is still looking for his first Daytona win.
The race will be televised on FOX, with action kicking off at 1 p.m.