Some NASCAR drivers saw their Saturday night messed up at Daytona after two late-stage wrecks in the Coke Zero Sugar 400.
Nine drivers were involved in this bumpy clash that ultimately brought out the red flag. Take a look at these drivers who found themselves in the middle of a mess on the backstretch at Daytona Beach, Fla.
NASCAR drivers involved include Martin Truex, William Byron, Tyler Reddick, Ricky Stenhouse, Alex Bowman, Chase Briscoe, Landon Cassill, Daniel Suarez, and Anthony Alfredo.
Truex got turned around on the backstretch and collided with Byron and Bowman. Reddick then ran into Truex’s rear bumper, damaging that car’s nose and possibly its engine.
The red flag was waved across the Coke Zero Sugar 400 because of a major oil spill out of one of those are involved. After cleaning up the mess, the green came back out and NASCAR drivers gunned it full for a checkered flag.
However, that peace didn’t last for long, as a crash with three laps to go meant a whole new slew of drivers affected.
NASCAR Driver Austin Dillon Did His Best To Avoid Crash
Austin Dillon wanted no part of the Saturday night special at Daytona. He did his best to use his avoidance skills and managed to scoot around on the right and miss it. It was close, though.
This also is an important race when it comes to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Saturday night race on the East Coast of Florida is the final one in the regular season. Drivers are all gunning for spots that would be available after tonight’s race.
Reddick is looking for 31 points to secure the 16th spot in the Cup Series’ next race. Reddick leads Dillon by 25 points. Both are drivers for Richard Childress Racing.
“Anything I do to help him hurts me,” Reddick said at a recent media session. “Anything he does to help me hurts him. So, we really can’t work together at all, unfortunately.”
They had to go race in overtime at Daytona. So the crowded house of NASCAR fans will get their fill of excitement.
Ryan Blaney pulled off the victory after yet another slam-blag crash took out drivers on the speedway.
Kurt Busch Joins Michael Jordan’s 23XI Racing As Its Second Driver
Kurt Busch will return to NASCAR next season for 23XI Racing in their Monster Energy No. 45 Toyota. He joins Bubba Wallace on that team.
Busch’s addition to the Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin-owned organization makes 23XI a two-car team for the first time.
Fittingly, the addition of Busch’s No. 45 car means his and Bubba Wallace’s No. 23 Toyota represent both of the jersey numbers Michael Jordan wore throughout his storied NBA career.
For the past three seasons, Busch has been driving with Chip Ganassi Racing. The team is undergoing some major changes this offseason after being acquired by Trackhouse Racing.