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Ryan Preece was driving his No. 41 Ford at around 200 mph near the front of the pack at the Coke Zero Sugar 400 when he was bumped from behind. The strike caused his car to spin sideways into the grass where he caught air and flipped. The car then continued to roll, spinning several times before hitting the ground on two occasions.
Parts flew off of the car as it flipped a jaw-dropping 10 times before landing on its tires. Miraculously, Preece was conscious and able to exit the vehicle on his own and lay down on a stretcher. He was taken to an infield care center before being transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Commentators reacting to the crash said it was the most violent they had seen in years. Others went so far as to call it one of the worst crashes in NASCAR history.
A post made to his Twitter account late Sunday night stated that Preece was shaken and undergoing standard tests, but was awake and alert.
Ryan was transported to a local hospital where he is undergoing standard tests, he is awake, alert and obviously shaken.
— Ryan Preece Racing (@RaceWithPreece) August 27, 2023
The driver remained hospitalized overnight and Stewart-Haas Racing announced Sunday morning that he had been released and was on his way home to North Carolina.
Earlier this morning, Ryan Preece was discharged from Halifax Health Medical Center.
He is on his way home to North Carolina.
— Stewart-Haas Racing (@StewartHaasRcng) August 27, 2023
Commentators called the accident one of the most violent they had seen in years.
Ryan Preece’s crash officially put an end to his NASCAR playoffs hopes, putting an end to an already difficult racing season for the driver.
Watch the terrifying footage of Ryan Preece’s Daytona crash in the video below.