Sunday evening, Michael McDowell won the Daytona 500 and headed to Victory Lane within the No. 34 Entrance Row Motorsports Ford Mustang. His victory happened instantly after a massive wreck occurred on Flip 3 of the race’s remaining lap. Several drivers had the chance to safe the win, however they ended up within the infield or within the wall.
The incident occurred when McDowell tapped Brad Keselowski’s No. 2 Staff Penske Ford Mustang from behind. This collision began a sequence response and despatched Keselowski into the again of teammate Joey Logano’s No. 22 Ford Mustang. The 2 males spun in reverse instructions with Logano heading into the grass and Keselowski into the wall. Kyle Busch hit the No. 2 Ford at full velocity and sparked an enormous fireball.
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Keselowski was not the one driver to have his automobile catch on fireplace. Busch, Bubba Wallace, and Austin Cindric all had been concerned within the chain response. Their automobiles all sustained main harm from the hits and the fireplace. The large wreck brought on concern amongst racing followers, however each single driver was in a position to climb out of their respective automobiles and stroll away. Although the charred wreckage of Keselowski’s automobile needed to be hauled off of the observe on a flatbed truck.
“I had a giant run down the backstretch and went to make the go to win the Daytona 500, and it ended up actually dangerous,” Keselowski said after the race. “I do not really feel like I made a mistake, however I am unable to drive all people else’s automobile. Irritating.” Keselowski stated that his automobile was not the quickest on the observe, however he was within the precise place he wished to be previous to the crash.
In keeping with Terrin Waack of NASCAR.com, the entire drivers concerned within the remaining wreck visited the infield care middle after climbing out of their automobiles. All of them had been evaluated and launched. This information sparked reduction amongst racing followers that witnessed the violent collision, which occurred 20 years after Dale Earnhardt’s death within the 2001 Daytona 500.
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Whereas nearly all of the remaining area was concerned within the wreck, 5 automobiles had been in a position to maintain racing for the end line. McDowell, Kevin Harvick, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, and Denny Hamlin all stored driving. When the officers waved the warning flag and introduced the race to its finish, McDowell was within the lead. He received his first Daytona 500 in his 358th profession Cup Collection begin whereas Elliott completed second. Dillon, Harvick, and Hamlin rounded out the highest 5.