2013 Daytona 500: Saturday's Nationwide accident does not alter Sunday's running


The 55th running of the Dayton 500 will take place on Sunday afternoon, despite an injury-marred finish to Saturday's DRIVE4COPD 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race.

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.

More from SB Nation:

Daytona Nationwide race ends with scary wreck

Full coverage of 2013 Daytona 500

The List: 20 sentences guaranteed to start an Internet argument

Full coverage of UFC 157: Rousey vs. Carmouche

NFL Combine: Fat linemen running the 40 will inspire you

Stupid things said at the NFL Combine

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.