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Daytona 500: Wreck on Lap 37 Causes Another Caution Flag

by Charles Craighill
(Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)

In a Daytona 500 race that saw a massive wreck early on, a rain delay and total confusion amongst fans, another wreck has caused the caution flag to go up yet again. This time, it comes up in Lap 37 to 38. The cause of the wreck came from some debris flying off of the #24 car of William Byron. The wreck affected Quin Houff in the #00 Chevrolet car and Chase Briscoe in the #14 Ford car.

Fans Direct Anger Toward William Byron for the Wreck

While the wreck did not cause any serious injuries or death, it did take out Quin Houff from the race. This third caution flag of the race has brought many fans to Twitter to give their thoughts. For the most part, NASCAR fans direct their blame toward William Byron for “ruining” the 2021 Daytona 500.

“Let me be clear. When parts are flying off of cars, they should not be out there,” the StarCom Racing Team Tweeted in the wake of the wreck. “Way to ruin our Daytona 500. Quin Houff was doing awesome with the Mane n’ Tail #00.”

Their disappointment makes sense as this wreck caused their star racer to exit the race. Not to mention the damage is done to the car, which based on the video, looks pretty brutal. Those on the StarCom Racing Team aren’t the only ones upset with William Byron, however. Several other NASCAR fans commented about the second major wreck from the Daytona 500.

“Thanks, Willy B….” one fan angrily wrote. “Maybe you should have called that caution for debris then, hm?” another chimed in.

Some fans, however, came to William Byron’s defense in the wake of the second Daytona 500 wreck. “How is that on Byron?” the fan implored in response to StarCom’s post. “The driver isn’t the one making the calls and can’t see what is going on. If we didn’t have the stupid damaged vehicle policy, teams could properly fix the cars, and this would be avoided.”

First Huge Wreck in the Daytona 500

The first massive wreck in this Daytona 500 happened just 15 laps into the first race of the new NASCAR season. As they rounded the turn in the 15th lap, Aric Almirola and Alex Bowman bumped each other. This caused a brutal pile-up, in which between 10 and 15 cars all smashed into each other causing a great number to leave the race. Several favorites were forced to exit the race after this massive build-up.

This, unfortunately, included Ryan Newman, who fell victim to a similar nearly deadly crash last year at the Daytona 500. In the race last year, Newman was bumped by Ryan Blaney in the final lap which sent Newman into the wall. The horrific wreck left Newman stuck in his car, taking all of fifteen minutes for Emergency responders to extract the driver from the car. Newman stayed in the hospital for a few days afterwords due to brain bruising but left without any permanent damage.