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Wind creates nightmare for skydiver at NASCAR’s championship race

For The Win logo For The Win 11/18/2018 Michelle R. Martinelli
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HOMESTEAD, Fla. - It's a tad windy at Homestead-Miami Speedway, where NASCAR will crown it's 2018 Cup Series champion at the end of the Ford EcoBoost 400 on Sunday.

Not too windy to keep the skydivers from jumping out of a plane above the track, apparently, but just windy enough to blow them far away from their landing spot. That's what happened to one diver, who was supposed to land in the grass on the inside of the track, according to NBC's broadcast, but was blown way off course.

On his way down, his parachute got caught in the catchfence that surrounds the 1.5-mile track, but luckily for him, a safety crew arrived and untangled him before the race started. Still, less than ideal.

Skydivers were part of pre-race theatrics that also included fireworks, the singing of God Bless America, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and a flyover from the 93rd Fighter Squadron from Homestead Air Reserve Base during the national anthem.

Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano are the four drivers racing against each other for the best finish and the championship. They're also racing against the rest of the field to win the final race of the 10-month season.


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