None of the injuries were life-threatening, however, 2 female spectators were taken to a local hospital by airlift due to heavy traffic after the race. One of them suffered facial injuries and a possible broken jaw, said Dr. Bobby Lewis, medical director at Talladega Superspeedway.
“After the incident that occurred on the last lap, we are treating approximately eight patients from injuries received from flying debris,” said Lewis. ” The injuries appear to minor and non life-threatening. One female patient is being transported by air, because of traffic, for further evaluation and treatment.
“None of the injuries are dangerous or life-threatening. It’s mostly bumps and bruises with possible minor fractures.”
Seven other spectators sustained cuts and bruises, as well as some possible fractures from the debris that flew into the stands.
Later, Edwards said he was glad that the damage was not any worse that it was:
“We’ll race like this until we kill somebody and then they’ll change it, but I’m just glad nobody got hurt today. I’m glad the car didn’t go up in the grandstands and hurt somebody. We were just racing hard and we’re lucky nobody got hurt.
“I saw some fencing at one point and that made me a little bit nervous. I don’t know if I could live with myself if I ended up in the grandstands.”
After his car flipped into the safety fence, Carl Edwards, in real-life Ricky Bobby-style, exited the wrecked vehicle, and sprinted on-foot to the finish line.
You can view the video of the wild NASCAR crash below…