DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Dave Stacy, a 29-year-old NASCAR Goody's Dash Series driver, crashed in Friday's Florida 200 and his Ford ended up in Lake Lloyd -- a 44-acre man-made lake in the infield at Daytona International Speedway.
Stacy's crash occured on the 34th lap of Friday's race for four- cylinder compact stock cars.
He lost control of his Ford coming off the second turn, slid across the infield grass past the apron and his car tumbled over a dirt embankment and landed in the lake. Luckily for Stacy, his car landed on it's wheels rather than upside-down, which likely would have drowned the driver from Enon, Ohio.
With the help of safety workers, Stacy was able to climb out of the car and was dazed, but unhurt.
'This isn't the kind of splash I wanted to make at Daytona,' Stacy said. 'Hey, I did get a fishing card (permit) for the lake.
'I really don't know what happened. I got tapped from behind and the last thing I remember was getting turned around and then seeing a lot of ground and sky; ground and sky. I didn't know I was in the lake. The crew came on the radio and told me where I was and then the water came in about up to my waist.
'I got a cut lip. It got cut when I yanked the steering wheel off.'
Stacy became the third driver to crash into the lake since the 2.5- mile speedway was opened in February, 1959. Tommy Irwin crashed in the 1960 100-Mile Twin Qualifying Race for the Daytona 500 and Bay Darnell, who crashed in a qualifying race prior to the ARCA 250 in 1964, were the others.
Mike Swaim was the winner of Friday's race and won $12,900.