Car almost somersaults into flagstand after restart at sprint car race

This sprint car crash is pretty insane.

It happened on August 8 at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, Calif., and on the next lap after he waves the green flag, the flagman has to take evasive action. Cars start crashing on the frontstretch and one car somersaults into the fence, just feet away from the flagman.

You could tell he wanted to throw the yellow flag – which is his instinctual job habit – but quickly realized it was a bad idea because if he was leaning out of the stand, it could have been bad news.

The crash adjusted the camera by the flagstand and after checking on the driver below him, the flagman had the presence of mind to adjust the camera back at the interview. With a cigarette in his mouth, of course.

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