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Big Wreck Eliminates Top Contenders Early in Daytona 500

By admin | February 24, 2013

By Richard Allen

A lap 33 incident in the tri-oval of the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway eliminated several of the race’s top contenders well before the halfway mark of NASCAR’s most prestigious event.

The multi-car wreck was triggered when Kyle Busch bumped Kasey Kahne as the cars raced at speeds approaching 200mph. That tap sent the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for a spin with more than half the pack bearing down on him.

“That was no different from a normal bump draft,” Busch told his crew over the in-car radio. “I don’t know why it went wrong.”

Busch’s spotter responded by telling him that the No. 5 car had been loose previously.

In all, the cars of Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya and Casey Mears were damaged and knocked from contention. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was also damaged but his crew was able to repair his car quickly enough to keep him on the lead lap.

“If I didn’t tell you I was heart broken and disappointed, I’d be lying to you,” said Stewart when interviewed by Fox reporters. This was just another in a long line of disappointments for the three time Sprint Cup champion in this race. This would be his 15th attempt in ‘The Great American Race’ without a victory.

2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray was also damaged severely enough to be sent to the garage area. “I was so far behind I have no clue,” McMurray told the Fox television pit reporter Krista Voda. “I was in a bad position there because I felt like they going to wreck.”

Harvick, who had won two preliminary events leading up to the running of the big race, had his car badly torn up in the crash. “I saw the 5 spinning so I let off and I think somebody got me in the back and I got turned into the wall and took a couple of pretty good shots,” Harvick told Fox.

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5 Responses to “Big Wreck Eliminates Top Contenders Early in Daytona 500”

  1. midasmicah Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Rich, due to the fact that the four restrictor plate races are animals unto themselves, I’ll withhold any criticism of the new car until I see how it fares at other tracks. The early wreck took out some of the more aggresive drivers, so it’s hard to come to any conclusion. I’ll know more in the next couple of weeks.

  2. Jim Russell Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 11:34 am

    Rich, I think we have to have an honest critique of this years Daytona 500. My opinion is that it was was bad. Of course most attention was focused on Danica, and I understand that. The race itself was almost choreographed to fit in with the Danica hype. All the cars ran around the track single file for the first 185 laps, allowing her to stay out of trouble and maintain her front running status. There was absolutly NO racing until after that last 15 laps following the last caution. When the pressure was on to race hard, she fell back to 8th. Had the race been one lap longer, she would have been even further back. I was suspicious of the fact she won the pole, based on the fact this is a plate track and stuff can be made to happen. My suspicion grew as the “follow the leader” parade continued throughout the event. I am a very long time follower of NASCAR and I believe this event was a very sad attempt to sell tickets, which, from the look of the crowd, didn’t work.

  3. k Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Well said Jim, was on the phone with family members across the country during the race and all said exactly the same thing. These media folks have no respect for critical thinking or anybody who thinks period. It was a dog and pony show for The Sparkle Pony. We are very suspect with her winning the pole. Daytona IMO is really not a showcase for talent per say, alot of luck and staying in line following the leader and you pretty much finish where you started. Joey L. was one of the few who made constant moves trying to advance despite numerous obstacles and he got hung out to dry. That is not racing. The race was boring and listening to DW and others gush over her was really disturbing. When are the men in the white coats going to take her cheerleaders on TV away? Too much pushing the big agenda telling us how great she is (she isn’t). The TV was mute alot of the time. Daytona has been a snorefest for years. Also I am a real fan and can say it..alot of races are boring! But I always tune in out of loyalty.

  4. Tyler West Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The Danica BS is a damn joke. It is very easy to stay out of trouble when there was absolutely nothing going on all damn race. I hate the fact that all you will hear is BS about how good she did. There was nothing that even resembled racing. She never had to make decisions during the race, now if she had really got out there and mixed it up and drafted her way to the front then I would feel different. But for now she is still the same damn hype machine she has always been. And the race was a complete disappointment. Hell they should have just done 500 miles of parade laps. Then they would have had the best of both worlds, the retards in the booth could have steadily kissed her ass all race long ( they did that anyway) and they could have still claimed it was side by side racing all day. Very angry about this damn race. Hopefully this crap gets fixed because it was garbage.

  5. Tony Geinzer Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    I really think that the Non Daytona Talladega Races will speak more if JJ is Legit at 6.