A 26 car crash at the Daytona Coke Zero 400 on Sunday is making news as the week begins. This huge car crash took out several big names out of the race, and it helped set up the win by Aric Almirola. The race was cut short due to the crash and rain. USA Today Sports For The Win shared video of the wreck on July 6.
The Coke Zero 400 was a race plagued with problems over the weekend. The race was meant to take place on Saturday, but rain delays forced a postponement of the race. It was held on Sunday morning instead, but rain was still a huge factor in the race. The 26 car crash that happened at lap 98 was not the first crash of the race. At lap 20, Jeff Gordon swerved to miss Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and that move caused a 16 car crash. The crash took Jimmie Johnson and seven other drivers out of the race.
Gordon did speak out about the crash on Sunday. He said the following, according to The Inquisitr:
"Every week it’s something with (Stenhouse). I love him like a little brother, but it makes me nervous to be around him on the racetrack. I guess it was Stenhouse being an idiot. It didn’t make much sense when we’re coming to the caution. We’re like a quarter of a lap from getting to the caution and he does something stupid."
The crash flipped Kyle Busch's car, and it narrowly missed pulling in Danica Patrick. She finished in eighth place at the end of the race, but she was in 22nd place at the time of the crash, according to ESPN. This is a great finish for the Nascar driver, but she might not have done so well if the crash hadn't taken out almost the entire roster. The race was called after a third red flag period at Lap 112. Tony Gibson, Patrick's crew chief, said the following about the race and Patrick's finish:
"We missed more wrecks today than I've ever seen at Daytona and not be torn up. I'm pretty happy with P8 right there. Obviously, I would like to see what would have happened at the end with us and our teammate [Kurt Busch, who finished third], but I'm happy with that. Not being torn up that bad and top-10 finish? I'm good."
After both crashes, only 16 cars remained in the race. Racing is not a safe sport, but two big crashes happening during the same race is not the norm. The rain had to be a factor in both crashes, and it is good to know that no one was seriously injured in either incident on the race track. Aric Almirola did win the race, and it was his first Sprint Cup win. After the race, he told reporters that he was just happy about the rain. Brian Vickers came in second place during the race.
Did you tune in to watch the Coke Zero 400 on Sunday morning? What did you think of the 26 car crash that happened during the race?