NASCAR driver Danica Patrick was involved in a big crash at Sunday’s Daytona 500, effectively ending her night 145 laps into the 200-lap race and giving her a 40th place finish.
According to a post-race report on Patrick’s website, the cars of Kevin Harvick, Aric Almirola, and Brian Scott got together and started a chain reaction crash.
Almirola slammed into Patrick, causing her to crash into a concrete retaining wall and damaging her GoDaddy Chevy too heavily to continue the race.
When her car finally came to a stop in the infield grass Patrick, who was not injured in the crash, could be heard saying “Oh, man. What the hell happened?”
At least 12 drivers were eventually involved in the crash, one of several in an eventful race that also included a six-hour rain delay.
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Harvick finished 13th, Scott 25th, and Almirola 39th.
“I think more than anything I am just upset because the GoDaddy car felt really good and it was the best car that I had all Speedweeks,” Patrick said. “It seemed like we could catch whoever and it seemed like we could move around, make lanes and just move around and move forward at the end of the day. I felt like everything was going pretty well, so it’s just upsetting. It’s a bummer, but you know that is the excitement of speedway racing that anything can happen, and it was unfortunate that I was on the short end of the accident. But that is the kind of thing that happens …”
Good day with a bad ending. Don't really know what happen there car took off pushing then snapped around… Proud of my team car was solid!!
— Kevin Harvick (@KevinHarvick) February 24, 2014
Rough night w/Lots of wrecks… Unfortunately we were in a couple and took lots of damage. Guys worked hard to keep the car rolling! P25
— Brian Scott (@bscottracing) February 24, 2014
Big congrats to dale jr!!!!! @TeamHendrick
— Danica Patrick (@DanicaPatrick) February 24, 2014
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. won the race for the first time in a decade. The win was enough to inspire him to finally join Twitter:
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 24, 2014
If he’s looking for Twitter tips, Earnhardt can always turn to NASCAR’s reigning queen of Twitter, Patrick, who recently became the first driver to top one million followers.
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