Updated: February 24, 2013, 11:38 AM ET

The Sprint Cup Series season starts now, with the Daytona 500 ready to roll at Daytona International Speedway (1 p.m. ET, Fox).

The green flag is expected to drop at 1:30 p.m. ET as the stars of NASCAR try to get off to a strong start in 2013.

Don't have access to a TV to watch the race live? Even if you do, join us Sunday at 1 p.m. ET as ESPN.com's writers and editors and fans of the sport dissect every aspect of the event!

Danger To Fans Always Present

By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Bad as this was, it could have been much, much worse. There has been much worse, for auto racing spectators, in America and abroad.

Here, Saturday, the catch fencing was shredded and the steel reinforcement cables severed by the heaviest shrapnel I've ever seen come from disintegrating cars at a major race.

Yet that catch fencing did the best job, against a harsher test, that catch fencing has ever done. It was the result of years of research and improvement, after tragedies that took fans' lives.

p>The engine from Kyle Larson's car, and a wheel and A-frame assembly, tore through the fence. But they didn't go into the seats. They were contained on the concourse area in front of the stands. That was huge.

One tire did get into the stands, hitting one man in the head, according to witnesses. He reportedly was critically injured. Daytona International Speedway president Joie Chitwood III reported 28 spectators injured, 14 transported to hospitals and 14 treated at track medical facilities.

Flying tires have been a race promoter's nightmare for decades. Most recently, tires and shrapnel kiting over fences caused two tragedies in less than a year in Indy car racing in 1998 and '99.

Three spectators were killed during a CART race at Michigan International Speedway in '98, by shrapnel that flew over the fence and into the stands.

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