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NASCAR driver Ryan Preece is released from the hospital after violent multi-flip crash

NASCAR driver Ryan Preece has been released from the hospital less than a day after his harrowing crash at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida, where his car somersaulted through the air multiple times.

Preece, a member of the Stewart-Haas Racing team, returned home to North Carolina on Sunday after being discharged from Halifax Health Medical Center. The racing team provided an update earlier, stating that Preece was awake, alert, and mobile, and had been communicating with family and friends. Medical personnel evaluated him in the morning.

The 32-year-old driver’s dramatic crash occurred during the final laps of the NASCAR Cup Series race. Preece’s No. 41 Mustang was hit from behind by Erik Jones’ car, sending him into an airborne spin as his car flipped at least 10 times before landing upright on the track. Preece’s car appeared to catch fire upon landing, but he managed to exit the vehicle and was taken to the race track’s care center before being transferred to the hospital.

Commenting on the severity of the crash, NASCAR on NBC analyst Jeff Burton remarked during the broadcast, “This is just violent… That is just amazing that something that weighs over 3,500 pounds can get in the air like that.” He also noted that such high-flying crashes have become rare in recent years due to NASCAR’s safety-focused changes in car design.

“Fifteen to 20 years ago, these were the kind of wrecks we expected to see,” Burton stated during the race, acknowledging that NASCAR has made significant alterations to keep cars grounded. Despite this, he noted that incidents like Preece’s crash can still occur under unusual circumstances.

After being admitted to the hospital, Preece took to Twitter to express his determination, writing, “I’m coming back.” He also highlighted the resilience required of race car drivers, stating, “If you want to be a race car driver, you better be tough. Dammit.”

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