In Daytona, in August 2021, Ryan Blaney ended his 59-race winless streak by winning his eighth career victory. This win is considered to be the jewel in NASCAR’s crown, as it is Blaney’s first win in one of the most prestigious races, the Coca-Cola 600. This victory on Monday is also the biggest win of Blaney’s career so far.
Team Penske celebrated victory at the Indy 500 as Josef Newgarden emerged as the winner on day one. In the same year, they also triumphed at the Coca-Cola 600, marking the first time that Team Penske has won both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 in the same year. This victory holds great significance for both Roger Penske, the team owner, and Blaney, the driver of the winning car.
A caution was triggered by a four-car crash involving Kyle Larson and other top contenders, while William Byron managed to take the lead from Blaney during a restart with 26 laps remaining. Byron proved himself as the dominant driver by leading a total of seven times for 163 laps in the latter half of the 400-lap race. Despite the race being extended due to 16 caution flags and a mid-race red flag for rain, Blaney ultimately took control of the race and secured his victory.
The grandstands erupted in celebration as Josef Newgarden, a third-generation racer, claimed his first victory in an Indy 500 race. His teammate, Blaney, also replicated the celebration, as did his son, who is growing up in the race car driver world just like his father. This victory was a particularly emotional one for Blaney.
We were just a little bit late in getting to our car, but luckily I was able to restart it and get the lead. It was so cool to be a part of it and just let it run for a long time. My dad was here watching the race and it has been a really cool weekend for Memorial Day. Obviously,” Fox Sports told Blaney, “this has been a really cool weekend. I might shed a tear.”
I was hoping for guys to believe in me, just like when you were 12. It can be really hard to get kind and it’s super difficult to win, so I understand that you don’t feel like starting anymore. You can feel crazy when you want to restart, but I knew that we had to do it because we had the car. I never knew caution because I was just hoping, no matter what.
Lengthy race, impatient dispositions
In most cases, especially among popular drivers, there were two incidents that brought out the worst in their temperaments. The longest race in NASCAR, whether it was raining or not, saw a weekend full of on-track activities on Sunday and Saturday, which resulted in a stir-craziness known as “The Call.”
In response – apparently at that moment, Elliott forcefully struck Hamlin’s right rear fender with a left hook, causing Hamlin to collide head-on with the outside wall before spinning into oncoming traffic. During lap 185, Chase Elliott and Denny Hamlin were competing for sixth place as they exited turn four. However, Hamlin slid up the track and collided with Elliott, resulting in the No. 9 Chevrolet hitting the outside wall.
Hamlin, one of NASCAR’s most vocal personalities, was extremely angry. Elliott was suspended for directly calling out Hamlin in a terse interview with Fox Sports. He earned a one-week suspension last fall for comparing the intentional wreck of Kyle Larson with the incident involving Bubba Wallace, and later suggested on Twitter that Elliott had purposefully hooked him, with SMT data posted as evidence.
Hamlin stated, “He shouldn’t be racing. It’s exactly the same. Bubba Wallace did the same thing with Kyle Larson, I don’t care. The rear right hooks are completely unacceptable. He shouldn’t be throwing a tantrum. He shouldn’t be racing. That’s it.”
Elliott refuted the allegation by asserting that his vehicle failed to maneuver correctly following the collision with the wall when questioned about his intentionality in spinning Hamlin.
“Once you hit the wall in these things, you can’t drive them anymore,” Elliott said. “Unfortunately not, no. Just an unfortunate circumstance.”.
At the request of his vehicle owner, Wallace found himself engaged in a distinctively tense interaction while his identity was revealed. Almirola and Wallace were observed engaging in an unfriendly discussion that escalated to Almirola pushing Wallace after a fiercely contested competition for position with Aric Almirola just before the red flag due to rain. The occurrence was witnessed by racing enthusiast Sarah Davis, and the footage was subsequently captured by the media.
Following a verbal altercation with the driver of the No. 23 Toyota, Almirola asserted that he had pushed Wallace following a 16th place finish, whereas Wallace managed to secure a fourth-place finish after a strong comeback from pit road challenges.
I just went to ask PRN Almirola why he shot the bird at me, and he started cussing and mouthing off at me. I told him that I wasn’t going to have it, and I felt like I was running pretty clean while he was racing dirty and making me feel really dirty.
Almirola, who typically presents himself as a polite and family-oriented individual, was not taken aback when Wallace provided minimal details about the incident that occurred during a press conference after the race, simply stating that he was.
“When you wear a mask and pretend to be someone you’re not, that’s the consequence,” Wallace stated.
Despite not overtaking any other drivers, it became a noteworthy aspect of Earnhardt’s legend and gained the moniker “The Pass in the Grass”. Despite being forced into the infield by Bill Elliott at the exit of turn four at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Earnhardt maintained his position at the front of the 1987 Winston race, showcasing one of his most remarkable displays of skill and determination.
Tyler Reddick’s car spun out and he managed to save it, but as he drove through the infield turf, he sent Blaney’s car sideways, trying to catch up to him and take the lead. Unfortunately, Reddick’s attempt ended in a similar excursion, resembling a football field, as he now found himself on the same synthetic surface that is now the grass infield at Charlotte.
Kyle Busch, who displayed his own driving abilities by spinning his car around in reverse and putting it into drive and reverse to finally settle his car facing the wrong direction in the pit road before finally coming back onto the track, would eventually finish fifth, just ahead of Reddick, after his 176-lap spin.
The climactic final race scene in the movie “Days of Thunder,” which was actually based on a real-life incident at the 1986 Pocono race in Richmond involving Tim Richmond, highlighted Cole Trickle spinning out at Daytona 500 and driving backwards to the pit road, much to the delight of the longtime race fans.
Summary of Race Results
After three weeks of racing in the Carolinas, the NASCAR Cup Series heads west to the Gateway Raceway in St. Louis for the next race on Sunday at 3:30 p.M. ET. Enjoy FS1 on Channel 300 for the wide world of technology in the exciting races at the Gateway Raceway.