For NASCAR fans, it was a heart-stopping sequence pulled from a nightmare. On the final lap of Monday’s Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway, the famed No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet piloted by Austin Dillon was catapulted over several cars and into the catch fence.
The horrific scene has since been replayed and rehashed countless times on sportscasts, news programs, talk shows and social media sites.
As NASCAR drivers, officials and fans debated what caused the crash and what can be done to prevent similar incidents, an upbeat Dillon met with the media during a teleconference Tuesday.
When the Coke Zero 400 had run its course, at close to 3 on Monday morning, all the weary Sprint Cup teams loaded up the cars, most of them damaged and some destroyed, for the long drive home, knowing they would have to get ready again for testing and then a race in Kentucky next weekend.
Big One? Daytona International Speedway had four of them in its rain-delayed summer classic, and even though 29 cars finished, most of them were ill-equipped to race again any time soon.
The most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., won, and the most successful, Jimmie Johnson, finished second, and yet the overriding emotion, even for the winner, wasn't joy. It was relief.
One of the more devastating crashes you will ever see, yet Austin Dillon walks away from the mangled remnants of what could be categorized as one of the worst NASCAR crashes ever. As Dale Earnhardt Jr. wins the Coke Zero 400, Dillon's car flies into the Daytona International Speedway catch fence during the "big one."
Dale Earnhardt Jr. endured a weekend of rain, a three-hour-plus pre-race delay, and nine caution flags to win the Coke-Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway early Monday morning.
The race ended at 2:41 a.m. and concluded with a large crash featuring Austin Dillon's No. 3 Chevrolet going airborne and smashing into the catch-fence near Turn 1 after he crossed the start-finish line. Dillon walked away from the wreck, the fourth major crash of the night. After being released from the infield care center, Dillon said he suffered a bruised tailbone and forearm.
Austin Dillon led just nine laps Saturday night, including the one that mattered most.
Dillon, grandson of legendary team owner Richard Childress, outlasted Elliott Sadler and Chase Elliott during a green-white-checkered finish to claim the crash-filled Subway Firecracker 250, the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Daytona International Speedway.
Popular FOX Sports broadcaster Steve Byrnes has been named the recipient of the 2016 Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. Byrnes most recently served as the play-by-play announcer for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series on FOX Sports 1 and was the network’s co-host of NASCAR Race Hub. He passed away in April after a long battle with cancer.
Byrnes will be honored during NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony festivities on Jan. 22, 2016 and featured in an exhibit in the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte, N.C.
From the most action-packed tracks and the most talented drivers to the severity of NASCAR rulings and the abundance of television commercials, the campgrounds are usually abuzz with animated conversations.
The major debating topic among fans over the first half of the 2015 season dealt with the impact of the new aerodynamic rules package, which led to lower downforce and a decrease in horsepower. Due to those modifications and the continual search for clean air, drivers have been unable to execute passes. Naturally, that has led to fan frustration.
The last time NASCAR's set of elite drivers took to a road course San Jose, California's A.J. Allmendinger celebrated in Victory Lane.
Allmendinger took a major step to defending his road course title when he qualified first for Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma Raceway. Allmendinger recorded a speed of 96.310 mph in knockout qualifying's final session to clinch the top spot.