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He pointed at the upper level.

“Next year, we’ll be up there,” he said.

Not everyone felt the same way.

John and Andrea Crawford, of Streetsboro, Ohio, love sitting a few rows up. They were there Saturday and back again Sunday, just like so many in that seating section.

The area had rubber marks on seats hit by the tire. Several fans pointed out a chair bent backward, the spot one man was sitting when he got pummeled by the 60-pound tire and wheel.

“I’m not nervous,” Andrea Crawford said. “It doesn’t happen that much.”

When Rick Barasso arrived at his seats, he noticed a few reporters and some tire marks. He asked what was going on and then couldn’t stop smiling as he waved his friends over and shared details with them.

“These should be good seats,” he said. “I mean, what are the chances?”

Maybe small, but there’s little doubt the latest fallout could prompt NASCAR and track officials to consider changes _ at Daytona and elsewhere.

Daytona has plans to remodel the grandstands. Track President Joie Chitwood said Saturday’s wreck could prompt sturdier fences or stands farther from the action.

“It’s tough to connect the two right now in terms of a potential redevelopment and what occurred,” Chitwood said. “We were prepared yesterday, had emergency medical respond. As we learn from this, you bet: If there are things that we can incorporate into the future, whether it’s the current property now or any other redevelopment, we will.

“The key is sitting down with NASCAR, finding out the things that happened and how we deal with them.”

Daytona reexamined its fencing and ended up replacing the entire thing following Carl Edwards’ scary crash at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama in 2009. Edwards’ car sailed into the fence and spewed debris into the stands.

“We’ve made improvements since then,” Chitwood said. “I think that’s the key: that we learn from this and figure out what else we need to do.”

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford said Sunday that things should be done across auto racing. It was just 16 months ago that IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon was killed when his car crashed into a fence at Las Vegas.

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