Sunday’s rain delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona quickly turned from a race into a jaw-dropping display of automotive carnage, leaving many of the biggest names in NASCAR sidelined for the day.
19 laps in, 16 cars became involved in a huge crash, including Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.
But that was just a warm-up for the really big crash on lap 98. The big one was triggered when Kasey Kahne was hit from behind and spun into Greg Biffle, and when all the smoke cleared, 26 cars were involved. Kyle Busch ended up on his roof.
At least one shirtless fan on the Daytona infield was really impressed by the massive pile-up, as you can see from the GIF posted above.
The two crashes ended up taking out half the field for the race, which got off to a late start after rain. I’m no expert in road surfaces but I think it’s possible that moisture could have played a role in all those cars crashing into one another.
Moisture tends to make road surfaces slippery which tends to make drivers less able to control their cars which tends to make said cars contact one another with terrific violence.
But like I said, I’m no expert.