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Daytona 500 Crash: Brad Keselowski Smashes Helmet After Last-Lap Wreck

by Joe Rutland
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

Sometimes, taking a risk pays off. Brad Keselowski made a push to take the lead on the last lap of the Daytona 500. It did not pay off.

Keselowski was drafting behind teammate Joey Logano on that last lap, yet clipped Logano’s car when coming around him. That spun him out of control, leading to a major crash involving other NASCAR drivers. It also led to Michael McDowell winning the Daytona 500, which also was his first NASCAR victory in his entire career.

Now Keselowski didn’t actually react to the situation calmly. Nope, he climbed out of his car and ended up smashing his helmet on the famed Daytona track pavement, according to an article in TMZ.

Take a look at Keselowski showing his displeasure in front of the whole world.

Brad Keselowski Calls Daytona 500 Finish ‘Heartbreaker’

Brad Keselowski spoke out about the unfortunate ending on Twitter, calling it a “heartbreaker.”

“My body is fine but my heart is broke,” Keselowski said. “Months of studying, months of tremendous car prep from the #2crew & in the perfect position at the end…”

“Yet, Another #DAYTONA500 slips away…”

Keselowski told reporters after the race he didn’t regret the move and was just trying to win.

“Don’t feel like I made a mistake, but I can’t drive everyone else’s car,” he said. “Frustrating.”

Last-Lap Crash Highlights Wild Day, Night At Daytona

Let’s put a microscope on that final lap for a minute.

In videos showing the crash, the second major smashup in the NASCAR Cup Series opener, McDowell was apparently drafting behind Brad Keselowski, appears to bump him, and that starts a chain reaction.

Yet looking further at events leading up to the crash, it shows Keselowski looking to pass front-runner Joey Logano. But it looks like Keselowski bumps Logano or makes a miscalculation at Daytona. The bump sends both cars in opposite directions, taking Logano out of the lead spot.

That paves the way toward McDowell nabbing the checkered flag at one of NASCAR’s cornerstone races.

It was a wild and wooly end to a day filled with lots of wrecks, rain, stops, and even food runs by drivers for their crews.

Keep up with the fallout from the Daytona 500 at Outsider for the latest news.