It didn’t take very long for a trademark Daytona 500 crash at the 2021 edition of the race. In fact, it took less laps than drivers involved.
Aric Almirola and Alex Bowman collided towards the front of the pack, but there was actually a one-two teammate combo in the buildup.
Before Bowman smashed into Almirola, he was bumped by Christopher Bell, who in turn was bumped by his teammate Kyle Busch. Bell makes pretty solid contact with Almirola’s No. 10 car, who can’t control what happens next.
He slides upward, connecting with Bowman. The pair then collide into the wall, and the rest, they say, is history. The two slide back into the direction of many drivers, leading to absolute pandemonium. Now that it’s clear that all drivers are safe, we have to say: you love to see it.
Jeff Gordon, who is commentating on the race, helped break down the development:
“Look at the push coming from Kyle Busch to his teammate Christopher Bell. Now that’s going to get him to the rear bumper… He just got over on that right side.”
Clint Bowyer also added his thoughts.
“I can tell you another part of the equation, Jeff,” Bowyer starts. “They have skew in their rear ends. That’s obviously for speed and to make the cars go fast and make them pull up to other cars.
“It also, in my experience, makes them squirrely. When that car hits him, it pushes that car into the steer of the rear end and can turn you in a heartbeat.”
List of Drivers Involved in Daytona 500 Crash
With the crash coming towards the leader, it’s no surprise that the total number of participants is eye-catchingly high. After Bowman and Almirola make contact and drift back into the way of other drivers, it ended the day for many.
Here’s the full list:
- 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
For some, like Ryan Newman who suffered a brutal last-minute crash in 2020, this is especially unlucky. Others, like Martin Truex Jr., will rue the fact they were in good position early only to be unlucky with catching the end of the Daytona 500 crash.