Three injured at Volusia Speedway Park when car crashes into stands


Officials at Volusia Speedway Park in Florida are examining their facilities following two crashes over the weekend that sent cars into the stands, including a crash on Sunday evening that sent three spectators to the hospital.

The wreck occurred just before 9:30 p.m. when Dale Blaney, brother of former series driver Dave Blaney, and former Xfinity and Truck Series driver Rico Abreu made contact on a restart, sending both cars out of control and Blaney's car crashing into a fence and into the spectator stands. Neither driver was injured.

The race was part of the 46th Annual DIRTcar Nationals which attracts many NASCAR stars who are in Daytona for Speedweeks.

A statement from the speedway said Michael Brooks, 69, of Kalamazoo, Michigan and Gary Streek of the United Kingdom and his uncle Alan Wardel were treated at a local hospital for injuries.

The first crash, according to media reports, happened Saturday. Joey Saldana was racing for position with Jason Johnson when the two cars made contact, sending Saldana's car into a catch fence and into a spectator area on the backstretch. No one was injured in that incident.