Huge 21 Car Smash Daytona
Up to lap 190 nothing much happened, but then things were about to with 10 laps to go Paul Menard attempts to pass Matt DiBenedetto, what follows has been described by some as carnage. We are talking Nascar here and the latest 2019 Daytona 500, 21 cars were taken out of the race in the ensuing pile up, a huge plume of sparks and fire as cars had nowhere to go, but where they were being pushed. Later statistics showed that 36 had been indirectly involved, It took out the whole outside driving lane, with very little space on the inside of the track to get by. With a total start count of 40, this related to over 50% of the total runners.
Daytona in Florida USA, hosts this 61st 500 mile, 200 lap Nascar race and is normally the first race of the year, with 10 laps to go, many already had a good idea of their finishing places, before the wreck occurred.
The red flag was waved and the remaining stock cars finished the remaining laps, with Denny Hamlin eventually winning. It’s a reminder that, it doesn’t matter how much time, money and effort you put into motor racing, if you get involved in someone else’s crash with 20 miles to go, then it is all over and out.
This would surely go down in history as one of the most costly races, for team owners and investors.
Wonder what will happen in Atlanta?