A Puyallup man calls Saturday's NASCAR Nationwide race crash surreal.
When driver Kyle Larson's car went airborne and crashed through the barrier that separates the fans from the track, flying car parts fell just feet from where Ben Moody was sitting.
As cars rounded turn four on the final lap, Moody turned to look at the finish line. Within seconds, he recalls running for his life.
“My uncle reached across my shoulders and started pulling me down,” said Moody, who made the trip to Florida this weekend.
He was two rows away from where a car tire flew through the air and landed where someone was sitting.
“Just from the tire, the fact that they didn’t die is amazing. People down front got more of the debris,” he said.
Despite the Daytona 500 on Sunday, the crowd at Puyallup’s “The Loose Wheel” couldn’t help but talk about the crash.
“It was devastating to see,” said Jack Morris, a race fan.
“You just saw the car flying up in the air,” said Cindy Morris, a race fan.
Pat Corrado watched replays of the accident several times.
“Tony Stewart said it all, most dangerous sport there is,” he said.
While it’s part of the risk of racing, Corrado says that risk is for drivers not fans.
“Luckily, those first 10 rows weren’t occupied. If they would have been, there wouldn’t have been somebody with us today,” said Corrado.
Despite a terrifying experience, Moody and other fans returned to their same seats for the Daytona 500 race.
“On that last lap, I can tell you we were all focused on the cars coming around turn four, but we were all standing hooting and hollering,” he said.
There was a huge presence of police and emergency responders at the race track Sunday. While they weren’t needed, Moody believes it made fans more at ease.