February 24th, 2013 by Gallagher John No Comments

I turned the TV on and heard the announcer proclaim, “they’re entering the final turn here at Daytona…”.  The next 5 seconds or so were just fascinating.

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Amazing that all of the drivers walked away from this and that more fans weren’t injured.  My brother and I chatted about the wreck this morning over coffee and noted a few lessons (and blessings!) about this event.

1) It’s not always about winning – Generally, after a driver wins a race like this, there is a long burnout and celebration in Victory Circle.  Not on this day.  Winner Tony Stewart was subdued after the race and said this: “So as much as we want to celebrate right now and as much as this is a big deal  to us, I’m more worried about the drivers and the fans that are in the stands  right now because that was … I could see it all in my mirror, and it didn’t  look good from where I was at.”

2) In times of turmoil, we still have a job to do – Despite the crash, the workers at the end did not have time to “gawk”.  From the safety responders to the officials at the finish line, they had work to do.  My brother noticed that the finish line workers didn’t flinch.  They were leading by example:

daytona crash 23) Always strive for perfection – NASCAR is a very safe sport.  All drivers walked away from this horrific crash, including Kyle Larson, whose front end was sheared off as parts(like the engine!) from his car ended up in the grandstand.  We were amazed to hear that ‘only’ a few fans were injured.  10 years ago, the outcome may have been different.  Continuous improvement in safety is important.

Did you see the finish live?  What went through your mind?  What other lessons are there to be learned?