The Daytona 500 crash that erupted early on Sunday took out a number of prime contenders, together with Aric Almirola, a sufferer of drivers being too aggressive too early in NASCAR’s greatest race.
Almirola was working close to the entrance of the sector when the Daytona 500 crash obtained him. He had gained one of many Daytona Duels on Thursday and believed he had a automobile that would have gained NASCAR’s greatest race. He obtained turned in the course of a giant pack of vehicles when Christopher Bell hit him from behind, igniting the Daytona 500 crash.
“We have been simply getting pushed too laborious too early,” Almirola mentioned. “It’s an extended, lengthy race. Man, we have been in a nice place, simply sitting there driving round within the prime two, three and the 20 (Bell) simply got here with a giant run and hit me actually laborious in a nasty spot and it turned me to the appropriate and tore up our race automobile and ended our Daytona 500 manner too early.”
Bell appeared to get bumped from behind by Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Kyle Busch, forcing him into the again of Almirola’s Ford. Almirola collected the automobile of pole-sitter Alex Bowman, and each vehicles crashed laborious into the surface wall.
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“It appears to be like just like the No. 10 (Aric Almirola) type of obtained turned sideways there and I used to be the man that obtained bumped into,” Bowman mentioned. “Bummer. … Obviously, we had a very quick Camaro.”
What precipitated the Daytona 500 crash?
The wreck was a typical Daytona 500 crash, taking out 16 vehicles. The “Big One” is a staple of restrictor-plate racing at Daytona and Talladega. The distinction this time is that this Daytona 500 crash occurred on Lap 14.
“It’s simply unlucky to have a bunch of torn-up race vehicles that early,” mentioned David Ragan, who was additionally concerned. “I’ve by no means met a driver that mentioned, ‘Hey, I’m gonna begin this 500-mile race and simply be super-aggressive.’ We all discuss give and take and making it to the top, nevertheless it appears no person does that when they get out there. It’s irritating that everyone is pushing and shoving and I simply noticed the 48 (Bowman) get turned and each time somebody wrecks within the prime 5 or 6 it tears up a variety of vehicles.”
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Almirola was certainly one of a number of darkish horses seeking to win the Great American Race for the primary time. Other contenders concerned within the Daytona 500 crash included former Daytona 500 winners Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman in addition to Martin Truex Jr., William Byron and Ryan Blaney.
Bowman began from the pole, and even he couldn’t miss the Daytona 500 crash.
“Hate that superspeedway racing works out that manner typically, however that’s simply a part of the sport,” Bowman mentioned.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 04:18 IST