The wildest wrecks in Daytona 500 history

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The 'NASCAR Race Hub' crew takes a look back at some of the wildest and craziest wrecks in Daytona 500 history.

- We always-- when we go to Daytona or Talladega, we focus on the big one. It can happen. And we were just talking during the break about 2001, when your then teammate Tony Stewart--

- Yeah.

- --went up and over you, so you've had a front-row seat for this thing.

- He thought he would, like, lead-- get up there and lead. And I said, sure, I'll be hanging out the back and watch, see what happens. And, sure enough, he flipped. And I'm like, oh, he's going to land on top-- it was 20 cars later, he lands on top of me.

- Wow.

- Coach Gibbs was not pleased about trying to do all that. But anyway, it did happen. It will happen at Daytona, for sure.

- Added anxiety for a crew chief? Even though you know you're not going to be involved, but--

- It is. You try to relax because, you know, you can come by the line in first. You can come by the line in 20th a lap later. And so you're trying to be relaxed.

But it's hard to be when you're hearing the spotter yelling in your ear, three wide! Three wide! So it's definitely anxious.

- OK. So let's take a look back at some of the more memorable wrecks at the Daytona 500. Don't forget to vote, Take a look at this one.

We started it with Richard Petty, and there it is. Eight times. It was the first restrictor plate race. How'd that work out?



ADAM ALEXANDER: How is it the guy won there seven times, and all we're showing is wrecks and heartbreak?


ADAM ALEXANDER: I hope-- I hope Richard's not watching.

GUEST: Exciting day. He's excited. That race car driver hit him.

SHANNON SPAKE: Bobby and Davey, one, two.

ADAM ALEXANDER: Hey, we go to 1993. And Rusty Wallace-- now Dale Jarrett won this race. But way before that, Wallace, with an incredible crash on the back straightaway-- you know, Rusty, another one of those drivers in the NASCAR Hall of Fame that didn't win the Daytona 500. And when you ask him his thoughts back on memories of the great American race, this is one he always brings up. What a scary, scary moment--

SHANNON SPAKE: Yeah, I would remember this one, if this happened to me, too. Absolutely.

All right. 1997. Larry McReynolds on top of the pit box. Jeff Gordon makes a pass, and Dale Earnhardt goes around. What a scary moment.

But, you guys, do you remember that he would climb from the car, but he brought that car back down pit road. They tried to-- you know, get it all fixed up and back on the track. And he was recorded as finishing the race.

So look at that. Working on that baby. Larry McReynolds can put anything back together, can't you, Larry Mac?

- If you heard that story and said, what driver pulled it off, you'd just automatically say, I'm not really sure, but I'm going to bet Earnhardt.

- Oh, yeah.

- I mean, who else gets back in a wrecked race car and finishes the race?

OK. Those were good moments. But there were a few others we wanted to hit on, including 2003. The image you see right there. It was Ryan Newman going for a tumble.


MIKE JOY: Up pit road comes Schrader, and Newman is in the air and over. Ryan Newman, last year's rookie of the year. And the rear end ripped from the car.

DARRELL WALTRIP: Look at that thing lift up, Larry.

LARRY MCREYNOLDS: Just takes off like an airplane.

DARRELL WALTRIP: That's 3,400 pounds, folks, just lifting up in the air like a feather.


ADAM ALEXANDER: You heard Mike Joy say in the piece, last year's rookie of the year. Newman won that award over Jimmy Johnson, which is--


ADAM ALEXANDER: --pretty spectacular. So we saw in the fantastic finishes, 2007, Harvick beating Mark Martin. This is what happened behind him. A huge melee. It involved Clint Bowyer, who slides across the start-finish line on his roof, and then, once he gets into the infield grass, lands on all four tires, the car catching on fire.