What does that have to do with anything?
The guy tried to make a move, and we saw the result. It can happen in any auto race when there are cars on the track jockeying for position. What in the world does the engine technology have to do with it?
Harry, the restrictor plates keep the cars bunched up because there's no more throttle response left to give drivers the ability to get away from each other. They all have to drive wide open and if they lift even the slightest amount, they loose so much momentum that it takes several laps to get back where they were.
The problem is that without some sort of engine restriction these guys would be doing over 220 mph. So what do you do?
Here are pictures of the aftermath, there are pics that show some of the injured fans and some blood on the steps/seats
As a thirty year race photographer, I would not have shot some of those photos, and I sure as heck wouldn't have published them. No respect, no class, and very poor ethics.
Thank you Martinfan5 for clearing up most of the misinformation in this thread.
As for my take, there is no way you can build a race track that is 100% safe for the fans no matter what you do. The next time you are at a major race track read the fine print on the back of your ticket. Basically it says that we're glad you here but you should know that bad stuff can happen to you here and you accept that possibility just by buying this ticket.
There are 2-1/2 miles of catch fence around that track and Larson's car found that one 3 foot section, the crossover gate, that was the weakest. What are the odds? Had the car hit almost anywhere else, the damage and injury would have been much less.
Believe it or not the catch fence in this instance did it's job. The car, or at least most of it's mass, was stopped and projected back down on to the track.The engine and most of the front clip were stopped right at the fence, in the "buffer zone" between the fence and the first row of seats where spectators are not allowed to stand. Sure that one tire and hub assembly flew up 7 or 8 rows and lots of little pieces of debris and hot fluids injured people. But think of what it might have been like if that fence was not as well designed and strong as it was. We'd be talking about multiple fatalities this morning instead of recoverable injuries. And don't take this as my making light of the gravity of the situation, because I'm not. I'm just trying to inject a little perspective.
It sounds cliche, but this really was a freak, unpredictable event that nobody could have planned for. NASCAR, the race track, and the designers of the cars, walls, and fences, have done everything possible to prevent a serious accident like this. Or at least to minimize the result. But in spite of their best efforts, the old saying the "Stuff Happens" is relevant. Stuff happens and stuff will always happen.