Daytona 500: Ross Chastain Visits McDonald’s During Rain Delay, Buys Whole Crew Dinner

by Joe Rutland

So, what does a Daytona 500 driver whose sponsor is McDonald’s do during a long rain delay? Make a food run. That’s what Ross Chastain did.

Rainfall and wrecks have played roles in delaying the Daytona 500 from sniffing the finish line. It does make sense for drivers to keep themselves busy while waiting for a restart.

Chastain piled into a regular car, while still in his firesuit, and he went over to visit a nearby McDonald’s in Daytona Beach, Fla.

In the clip, you can see the interaction between the driver and the McDonald’s employee. You also can see raindrops falling just outside the driver’s side of the car.

Chastain buys meals for his entire No. 42 team. No word on how those Big Macs and fries were consumed once he got back to the Daytona track.

Whether or not NASCAR is able to actually finish running the Daytona 500 on Sunday remains up in the air. Officials were busy attempting to get the track dried out as night fell over the historic speedway.

Now Chastain and his team, though, will be fueled with some McDonald’s grub.

Daytona 500 Weather Delay Ticks Off NASCAR Fans

Meanwhile, Florida is known as “The Sunshine State” yet it was anything but that on Sunday.

Weather delays pushed action on the track at the Daytona 500 off of it. NASCAR was not about to let its drivers get out in rainy, soggy conditions and race.

A lot of NASCAR fans tuned into FOX as the Daytona race marks the start of the NASCAR Cup Series. Fans were hoping to see their favorite driver possibly get off to a solid start this season. Instead, they saw a lot of rain, interviews, and camera shots of drivers talking with other drivers.

Would it really even be a NASCAR race without a rain delay? It seems as though most fans feel the same way, including Twitter user Zachary Ugarte (@Zack_1820). He says that it feels like there is a weather delay at every Daytona race.

“Every #DAYTONA500 it feels like there’s a weather delay,” he says. “Ughhh can’t we enjoy one Daytona race without a rain delay????”

Meanwhile, other NASCAR fans say that they should move the start times back for the Daytona 500 and other big races.

“We knew this was going to happen all week, and now two years in a row with a weather delay,” Drew Martin (@Tmart10198) wrote. “Wasted three hours of perfect racing weather. Move the start time back up #DAYTONA500”

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