Daytona crash sends NASCAR driver Regan Smith airborne (Video)


Chaos erupted in the Xfinity Series at Daytona on Saturday when driver Regan Smith was sent airborne during a huge crash.

The Xfinity Series race at Daytona was brought to a halt when driver Regan Smith was sent airborne during a huge 12-car wreck Saturday.

With 27 laps remaining at Daytona International Speedway, a multi-car wreck sent multiple drivers to the garages and sent Regan Smith’s No. 7 Chevrolet rolling over once before coming to rest on all four wheels.

Driver Kyle Larson bumped Daniel Suarez on turn four at Daytona and then created a big crash with Chase Elliott and Regan Smith, who has been named Kurt Busch’s replacement for the NASCAR’s Daytona 500 race on Sunday. Luckily, Smith came out uninjured.

“I’m fine,” Smith said. “We had a fast car. I saw the 18 (Suarez) wrecking and then wrecking again, and then wrecking a third time, and there’s really nowhere I can go coming off the corner. He saved it, saved it and saved it. I do know he was two laps down, so it probably would have been cool for him to hang out in the back of the pack and let us race.”

The red flag came out after the wreck and lasted for almost 25 minutes.

Chase Elliott, who won the Xfinity Series last year, was uninjured and was able to keep driving despite damage to his car.

“It wasn’t that hard of a hit, but it was hard enough to tear it up pretty good,” Elliott said from inside his car.

Suarez, Smith, Larson, Elliott, Ryan Sieg, Justin Marks, Brendan Gaughan, Chad Boat, John Wes Townley, Austin Dillon, Jeff Green and David Starr were all a part of the big wreck on Saturday.

Regan Smith was lucky to be uninjured in the scary scene, and hopefully will be well enough to race Sunday in NASCAR’s biggest event.

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