WATCH: Daytona 500 Ends in Dramatic Fashion with Fiery Crash on Last Lap

by Evan Reier

With just moments to the finish line, Joey Logano seemingly had victory in his grasps. But you can never count out the Daytona 500 when it comes to theatrics.

On the final lap of the race, which featured a near-6-hour weather delay and a massive crash before that, Daytona had one more surprise in store. Michael McDowell, drafting behind Brad Keselowski, seems to bump him, and chaos ensues.

Seemingly, at the same time, Keselowski was trying to pass front-runner Joey Logano. However, either the bump or a miscalculation caused him to nick Logano’s back-right side and send the pair flying in opposite directions.

Just like with the 16-car wreck before the weather delay, a couple of cars colliding at the front of the pack led to a domino of wrecked cars. But, in this case, it led to a massive first Daytona 500 win for Michael McDowell.

The top 10 finishers for the race were:

  • No. 34 Michael McDowell
  • No. 9 Chase Elliott
  • No. 3 Austin Dillon
  • No. 4 Kevin Harvick
  • No. 11 Denny Hamlin
  • No. 37 Ryan Preece
  • No.42 Ross Chastain
  • No. 77 Jamie McMurray
  • No. 7 Corey LaJoie
  • No. 5 Kyle Larson

It’s certainly a shock victory, but considering that two massive wrecks were the defining moments of the 2021 Daytona 500, it’s not especially surprising. Whether you think McDowell made the nudge or was just tight behind Keselowski, he made his move and claimed a huge upset victory.

Daytona 500 Crash Earlier in the Day

When 16 cars were taken out in a single wreck just 15 laps into the race this afternoon, some may have figured that it was the biggest of the Daytona 500. However, this wreck obviously gives it a run for its money.

That being said, a wreck that includes 16 drivers is nothing to scoff at. The list of racers involved were:

  • No. 1 Kurt Busch
  • No. 6 Ryan Newman
  • No. 8 Tyler Reddick
  • No. 10 Aric Almirola
  • No. 12 Ryan Blaney
  • No. 17 Chris Buescher
  • No. 19 Martin Truex Jr.
  • No. 20 Christopher Bell
  • No. 21 Matt DiBenedetto
  • No. 24 William Byron
  • No. 36 David Ragan
  • No. 38 Anthony Alfredo
  • No. 43 Erik Jones
  • No. 48 Alex Bowman
  • No. 77 Jamie McMurray
  • No. 99 Daniel Suarez

It may not have been the most technically sound Daytona 500, but it was certainly eventful.