The Daytona 500 obtained off to a tough begin on Sunday when Aric Almirola grew to turn into into pole-winner Alex Bowman and started a 16-automobile pile-up on the 15th lap.
Minutes later, the escape became stopped by lightning and fans who had been socially distanced within the grandstands as a change had to see refuge within the crowded concourse. Heavy rain followed, shutting down “The Sizable American Rush” unless the climate cleared sufficient to enable a 9.30pm ET restart.
Christopher Bell started the melee when he pushed Almirola too exhausting conclude to the entrance of the self-discipline and compelled the Stewart-Haas Racing driver to bobble as he tried to carry a ways off from a glide. Almirola ended up turning correct into Bowman. Their contact trigger others to collide, sending them spinning and skidding by grass and dirt. Martin Truex Jr, Erik Jones, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch had been among these fervent.
“We had been correct getting pushed too exhausting too early,” Almirola suggested Nascar.com. “It’s a lengthy, lengthy escape. Man, we had been in a gorgeous plot, correct sitting there using around within the high two, three and the [Christopher Bell] correct came with a mountainous flee and hit me in actuality exhausting in a inaccurate set and it grew to turn into me to one of the best and tore up our escape automobile and ended our Daytona 500 manner too early.”
Hendrick Motorsports had keep Bowman and Byron on the entrance row.
Newman became with regards to killed in a horrific accident on the last lap of last yr’s Daytona 500. Newman walked away safely on Sunday and even checked on Busch as he sat in his Chevy.