NASCAR has been so safe for so long that you don't even think about what happened Saturday on the last lap of the Nationwide Series race.
Eleven drivers were involved in a crash, and pieces of a car flew into the Daytona International Speedway catchfence and into the stands.
I was at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1999 when the Indy Race, the VisionAire 500, was held. Debris flew into the grandstand and three spectators were killed. To go into those grandstands and see the carnage was chilling.
I saw then speedway president Humpy Wheeler the next day. He looked 10 years older than the last time I saw him.
Everybody, me included, has praised the new Gen 6 cars drivers are using this season. The COT cars that had been used were blockier and more cumbersome and, perhaps, safer.