NASCAR: Michael McDowell’s Day Is Done After Slamming Into Wall at the Southern 500

by Jonathan Howard

Fans never want to see a wreck during a race. There can be so many complications and issues. Michael McDowell had his day ended by a collision. At Darlington Raceway, nothing is guaranteed. Drivers will have an easy time through multiple laps and then the next thing they know, they are hitting the wall. McDowell dealt with that issue at the Southern 500.

Coming around a turn, it got a bit crowded. McDowell in his Love’s red and yellow No. 34 found himself spinning across the track and into the wall. His Ford Mustang was not in great shape after the collision. It was clear that his day would be ended right then and there. So, of course, the “Track Too Tough To Tame” is back under caution.

It really is never fun to see a wreck like that. Drivers try their best to avoid these incidents, but NASCAR is a risky business. This time around the track, it just wasn’t in the cards for McDowell. The 34 car was towed off the track and the team will look forward to the next race at Richmond Raceway.

Michael McDowell Wrecks, Hamlin Takes Stage

While Michael McDowell went out early due to the wreck, Denny Hamlin capitalized. As the first stage came to an end it was Hamlin taking the checkered flag. This was a tight race with some of the top drivers on the season. Of course, that makes sense being the first race of the playoffs. The regular-season champion, Kyle Larson took second in stage one.

Behind the two leaders were Kurt Busch and Ryan Blaney. Blaney has had quite a run in the last month. He finished the season with two wins. The first came at the FireKeepers Casino 400 in Michigan. That race was a surprise. However, by the time he took the checkered flag at Daytona, it was clear it was not a fluke. He has continued to drive very well as the postseason begins.

Kevin Harvick rounded out the top-5 for the first stage. The second stage has had some early issues with caution flags already, It is unclear just how long the race will take with how many cautions there have been early on. There could be some late racing going on tonight, buckle up folks.