Crash, weather mar first 15 laps at Daytona 500

Rain and lightning required the Daytona 500 to go under a warning after simply 15 laps on Sunday.

The storm struck as track employees were tidying up after a 16-car wreck.

The crash took place as the field decreased the backstretch heading into Turn 3, when contact from behind by Christopher Bell sent out Aric Almirola spinning into pole caretaker Alex Bowman as they were attempting to move into 2nd location behind leader Kevin Harvick.

The crash included Ryan Newman, Martin Truex Jr., Ryan Blaney, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Matt DiBenedetto and Tyler Reddick, to name a few. Up until now, 7 chauffeurs have actually been verified to be provided for the day: Almirola, Bowman, Suarez, Newman, Erik Jones, David Ragan and Derrike Cope. Cope, the 1990 Daytona 500 winner, crashed on Lap 3 following an evident tire failure.

“We were just getting pushed too hard too early,” Almirola stated, per NBC Sports. “It’s a long, long race. Man, we were in a fine position, just sitting there riding around in the top two, three and the 20 (Bell) just came with a big run and hit me really hard in a bad spot and it turned me to the right and tore up our race car and ended our Daytona 500 way too early.”

Prior to the race, 10 cars and trucks were transferred to the back of the field after stopping working pre-race evaluation.

Amongst them was the No. 23 vehicle driven by Bubba Wallace, which stopped working the evaluation two times. Wallace was set to begin 6th in the very first NASCAR Cup race for his brand-new group, 23XI Racing, which is owned by Michael Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

Since of the numerous failures, vehicle chief Greg Emmer was ejected.

Wallace was the runner-up to Austin Dillon in the 2018 Daytona 500.

–Field Level Media

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.