Everyone Escapes Unhurt From This Crazy NASCAR Truck Crash
Now, we’re not saying that NASCAR is only a great spectacle because of all the crashes, but…
The first round of the awkwardly named NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this weekend at the Daytona International Speedway saw just 13 cars finishing from a 32-strong field, and the most spectacular incident of all was this one on the penultimate lap in the 100 lap race.
Coming round the first corner, series rookie Grant Enfinger thought he was helping out his team-mate Ben Rhodes, both of ThorSport Racing, by ‘bump-drafting’ – where two cars (or, in this case, trucks) push each other along so that they act as roughly one car aerodynamically while having two cars’ worth of power, increasing their top speed.
Sadly, Enfinger had his angles wrong as the famous Daytona banking shallowed out, pushing Rhodes into an unrecoverable tank-slapper at around 170mph. Rhodes fishtailed across the track and tagged race leader Matt Crafton – also driving a ThorSport Racing Toyota Tundra. That’s what we’d call a literal rookie error…
Life got considerably worse for Crafton than merely losing the lead, as his truck backed into the wall and was simultaneously collected by both Regan Smith in the #92 Ford F-150 and Johnny Sauter’s Chevrolet Silverado. The combined impacts led to the Tundra taking flight, executing a perfect aileron roll before landing on the load bed of Sauter’s Chevy.
The beneficiary of all the mayhem was Kaz Grala, who was running sixth at the time of the incident and managed to thread his own Silverado through the chaos and take the win – making him the youngest NASCAR national series race winner at Daytona at just 18 years, 1 month and 26 days.
All we can say about this incident is…
Fortunately, despite the severity of the crash, no-one was seriously hurt. You can watch the collision in full, from multiple angles and in slo-mo, below:
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