DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) With one substantial wreck, the favored seemed to be eliminated from your Daytona 500. So appeared to be that sentimental favorite.
An first freeze while in the Daytona five-hundred upon Sunday knocked away a number of top rated contenders, including 3 years ago contest champion Kevin Harvick and also three-time NASCAR champ Tony Stewart, banging in place NASCAR's opener.
Winner associated with two races with Speedweeks, Harvick seemed to be provided for the particular garage.
So had been Stewart. He must today delay an additional season give for his or her initial Daytona five hundred succeed soon after he or she failed throughout his 15th look at at earning "The Great American Race ." In 17 conditions spanning NASCAR and also IndyCar, Stewart has had the opportunity for you to cross a lot of everything out of his to-do list. Just possibly not that Daytona 500.
"If I decided not to let you know I was heartbroken plus disappointed, I'd always be lying in order to you," Stewart said.
While using the particular checkered appeared to be away from the actual picture, Stewart ditched the security eye protection and also selected several resources inside storage area in order to mend his No. 14.
Stewart ultimately go back into the trail just 82 laps back. Safe in order to say, this individual was a bit of a good shot.
The nine-car wreck started out while Kasey Kahne allow heli-copter flight gas that will slow-moving while they neared the first change at Daytona International Speedway. Kyle Busch tried using to accomplish that same, however could not keep away from contact.
Busch sent Kahne rewriting through the track. Juan Pablo Montoya, this year race safe bet Jamie McMurray along with defending series champion Brad Keselowski additionally had been involved. So have been Kurt Busch and Casey Mears.
"It's crazy. I aren't able to feel it," Kahne said. "I mean, I wished to race ."
The incident followed a day after a horrifying wreck in your second-tier NASCAR sequence battle hurled small parts involving debris, like your serious tire, into your is an acronym as well as injured practically 30 people.
It also broken Harvick's try to turn out to be the first within NASCAR history to help earn your convention Sprint Unlimited, a new double qualifying race along with the Daytona five hundred inside the exact Speedweeks.
"I have no idea of who was driving me, but it surely was just one of those people deals," Harvick said.
Harvick removed his firesuit into his / her waist as well as rode off in a tennis cart, a far more solemn experience as compared to their two excursions in order to Victory Lane the following week. Harvick possessed completely outclassed throughout Speedweeks as being the prelude for you to his final year travelling a Richard Childress Chevrolet. He won past weekend's Sprint Unlimited then one involving the particular Duel races, each and every time plopping his son Keelan towards the cockpit for your speedy rub of beneficial luck.
This time, their battered No. 29 couldn't end up being saved. Crew members pounded apart with published steel attempting to save money your give back to get Stewart.
The parade involving wreckers getting into your storage hauled that dented or even totaled is still involving a lot of the sport's heaviest hitters. Montoya can be a previous Indianapolis 500 winner. Busch won the particular 2007 Cup championship. None advisors had an opportunity to pad his resume.
"You could observe the item coming. They had been most of viewing up," Montoya said. "And I thought, 'Somebody is just not going to check up and mess up.' And, then, many people did."
Stewart won the crash-marred Nationwide Series with Saturday regarding his 19th success during Daytona with most various other levels involving NASCAR apart from Cup. He has more is the winner with certainly one of NASCAR's nearly all renowned rails except Dale Earnhardt (34). Earnhardt won the particular Daytona 500 around his the twentieth try.
Stewart will certainly at the very least stretch out this released to help 16.
The species probably won't be an overall loss for Stewart. His Stewart-Haas Racing team areas the vehicle pertaining to scratching post one who did that Danica Patrick. Patrick started to be the best lovely women to help lead your panel from the famed Daytona 500 with Sunday. She brought two laps Nos. 90 and also 91. On that starting grid, Stewart afforded the girl a major hug as well as whispered straight into the woman hearing prior to the lady slid on the cockpit.
Told that crash spoiled the start with his or her season, Stewart weren't buying it.
"To hell using the season," they said. "I desired to succeed the Daytona 500.