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Austin Dillon

Frightening Daytona wreck puts NASCAR safety in spotlight

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (AP) — Riding bumper-to-bumper at nearly 200 mph (322 kph), NASCAR driver Austin Dillon was smack in the middle of a pack of cars headed to the checkered flag early Monday morning when he was suddenly sent on the ride of his life.

A wreck that began three rows ahead of him sent cars spinning all over the track. When one turned into him, the force of the hit flipped his car up and over two others. Dillon sailed nearly upside down into the Daytona International Speedway fence with such a hard hit that it nearly brought his car to a sudden stop.

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