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Wis.man hit with debris during Daytona crash

DAYTONA BEACH, FL (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin man is among those hit with flying debris in a huge crash during a NASCAR race.

Two of the fans critically injured in Saturday's crash at Daytona International Speedway were upgraded to stable condition Sunday morning.

During the final lap of Saturday's Nationwide Series race, a car burst into flames and went airborne. Large debris, including a tire, flew through and over the fence that separates the crowd from the track.

At least 28 people were hurt. A man from Wisconsin was hit, but not injured.

"We were watching the checkered flag come," says Gerald Drazkowski. "We all stood up in our section and then we saw all this debris coming. Wham! I told my wife to duck. Then whack! I got hit in the leg. It was just awesome. When I picked it up, it was red hot. What a souvenir!"

Drazkowski is not quite sure what part of the car hit him, but the piece of metal resembles some type of screw or bolt.

The Daytona 500, NASCAR's biggest race, went on as scheduled on Sunday. Officials did allow those who felt uncomfortable sitting close to the fence to move, if requested.

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