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Safety measures in place at LVMS after Daytona crash

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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

NASCAR just finished its biggest race weekend of the year at Daytona.

But everyone is talking about a wild crash Saturday that sent car parts into the stands, injuring several people.

At the end of Saturday's Nationwide race, a multicar wreck sent Kyle Larson's car into the catch fence.

The front end tore apart, and the engine went flying.

While the fence did stop a large portion of the wreckage, a tire and some engine parts went into the crowd, injuring spectators.

"I've never seen anything like that," said driver Tony Stewart. "That's one of those times that I wish I didn't have a rear-view mirror, because that was an ugly sight."

With the Las Vegas race less than two weeks away, the track wants to reassure fans that while strange things can happen, precautions are in place to protect them.

"We feel that our fans are as safe at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as they can be, given the measures that have been taken," said track president Chris Powell.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway has a raising and curvature of the wheel fence, and the grandstands stop at ten feet of the top of the racing surface.

There's also a buffer road between the fence and the stands all the way around the track.

Also, the setup is totally different than Daytona, which increases safety.

"The speeds at Las Vegas Motor Speedway are significantly slower than at Daytona, mainly because our facility is banked at 12 degrees and only a mile and a half around," Powell said. "Daytona is banked at thirty-something degrees and two and a half miles around."

Tickets are still available for NASCAR weekend in Las Vegas March 8-10.

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