The Daytona 500 obtained off to a rocky begin on Sunday afternoon with 16 vehicles concerned in a pileup after a crash in Lap 14.
A nudge from Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell pushed Stewart-Haas Racing’s Aric Almirola out of line and into the center of the monitor, sparking Sunday’s pileup. Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman had been concerned within the 16-car pileup, as was Martin Truex Jr.
“We had been simply getting pushed too arduous too early,” Almirola stated following his exit from the race. “We had been in a nice place, simply sitting there driving round within the prime two, three and [Bell] simply got here with an enormous run and hit me actually arduous in a nasty spot.”
Newman was concerned in a terrifying crash in final yr’s Daytona 500. He crashed into the wall and flipped over into the infield on the ultimate lap, needing assist exiting his automobile from crews close to the end line. Newman made his return to the monitor in Could 2020 at Darlington Raceway.
Newman was not injured in Sunday’s crash.
“Any person crashed within the exterior row in entrance of us and we had nowhere to go and I obtained hit from some place,” Newman stated. “I had the wreck missed, however obtained hit from some place and that was the top of our day.”
Kevin Harvick at present leads the sphere after Lap 15. The race is at present in the midst of a climate delay resulting from lightning within the space.