A huge crash took out over half of the NASCAR Daytona 500 field, as 21 cars were involved in a massive collision. A frightening video shows one car turning sideways before crashing into other racing cars, with some hitting a wall. Sparks can be seen coming off the cars, with many also emitting smoke and flames as they pile up on the race track. The second half of the video shows an aerial view of the crash, with some spinning onto the nearby grass.
A commentator can be heard in the background exclaiming: “Woah, it hit everybody!
“Are you kidding me? This is big, wow.”
‘The Big One’ came late in the Daytona 500.
Paul Menard triggered a 21-car accident shortly after a restart with 10 laps to go in ‘The Great American Race’. One thing viewers might have missed is what caused the crash.
Mr Menard turned Matt DiBenedetto, who slammed into the wall and started a chain-reaction that collected more than two dozen cars. It brought out a red flag that stopped the race for a lengthy cleanup.
Mr Menard told Fox: “That was my bad.
“I wrecked a lot of cars and I feel bad about that.
“It was go time, and I was pushing the number 95 car and it looked like he was trying to get to the middle and I started trying to get to the outside and just barely hooked him.”
Defending Daytona 500 champion Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Aric Almirola and Daniel Suarez were among those involved in the mess.
Almirola seemingly had the wildest ride, his back wheels getting lifted off the pavement and landing on David Ragan’s windshield.
Denny Hamlin led Kyle Busch and Erik Jones in a one-two-three clean sweep for Joe Gibbs Racing.
JD Gibbs, who co-founded the team with his father, died last month after a degenerative neurological disease.