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Daytona 500: Danica Patrick slams head-on into wall in 13-car wreck, followed by 10-car wreck

Feb 23, 2014, 10:21 PM EDT

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A major wreck that included Danica Patrick being spun and running head-on into an unprotected retaining wall at nearly 200 mph was part of a major wreck in Sunday night’s weather-delayed Daytona 500.

Patrick was an innocent victim in the 12-car wreck (video below), which occurred coming out of Turn 4 on Lap 146. The wreck appeared to begin when Brian Scott went up the track into the car of Aric Almirola, who hit the wall and spun down towards the infield, collecting several cars in the process.

Patrick was in the wrong place at the wrong time and plowed straight into a part of the retaining wall that is not protected by a SAFER barrier.

When asked by crew chief Tony Gibson whether she was okay, Patrick, whose voice appeared shaky on the team radio, responded, “Yeah what the hell happened?”

Later, interviewed by Fox Sports, Patrick added, “I thought everything was going pretty well. … It’s a bummer but that’s kind of the excitement of speedway racing that anything can happen and it’s unfortunate that I was at the short end of the accident.”

Drivers besides Patrick, Almirola and Scott that were involved in the wreck included Kevin Harvick, Parker Kligerman, Paul Menard, Michael Waltrip, Reed Sorenson, polesitter Austin Dillon, Kasey Kahne, Marcos Ambrose, Justin Allgaier and Josh Wise.

Sixteen laps later, with two high-profile Sprint Cup rookies battling for the same real estate on the racetrack, Daytona 500 polesitter Austin Dillon spun Kyle Larson, triggering yet another big wreck involving 10 cars.

Dillon, who may have had a tire going down, appeared to get into the rear of Larson, with the cars of Kasey Kahne, Michael Annett, Marcos Ambrose, Brian Vickers, Casey Mears, Jamie McMurray, Ryan Newman and Brian Scott all being caught up in the resulting carnage.

“I don’t know if Austin got loose and shuffled up the track and got into me and turned us,” Larson said. “It’s Daytona, it sucks to end it like this.”

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  1. willdigg - Feb 23, 2014 at 11:29 PM

    It’s kind of weird the way the 43 turns and goes crossways of the track and misses nearly every car accept…..the 10 and takes her right out.

    • barkar942 - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Aaahhh! Conspiracy theory! Richard had that planned all along to make sure she wouldn’t win and make him eat his words!
      I like it!

    • mibones - Feb 24, 2014 at 3:10 AM

      Danica is still using driving techniques that are used in her Indy car days. That style does not work with Nascar. A little tap, on the back of her car, and it seems like she cannot keep it off the wall.

      • jobber33 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:31 AM

        So either your blind or an idiot. Did you see were she was hit in the front of the car first which broke the steering which took her car into the wall. Did you see the in-car video were she was trying to steer it AWAY from the wall when she had let go of the wheel which EVERY NASCAR driver does when they know it’s going to snap back. You either let go of the wheel of really screw up your wrists, JACKA##!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • vsawmike - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      *except, not accept

  2. wrfine - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:51 AM

    So why is this News? She is like Keselousy only out for herself. She is not a Sprint Car A.K.A Winston Cup Driver. She should join Miley!!!

    • vsawmike - Feb 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Sprint Cup is completely different than Sprint Car.

  3. 10rhrk - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Jerry, you obviously didn’t see the wreck. She didn’t hit the wall head on at 200 MPH. She had slowed quite a bit and hit it with her right front, sort of a glancing blow. I wish she could have hit the wall right where loud mouthed Richard petty was sitting.Then got out of the car and whipped his a@@.

    • leonetm - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:35 AM

      Oh, now there is a dream. Even at 70 years old Richard Petty has enough to knock Dumica on her A$$. Look, Fool there are alot of people who Do not like Dumica. Just like after last night there are a lot of people who now do not like that dumbass grandson of R Childress. In the space of about 40 laps or so that little dumb Sh!% Wrecked about 22 cars with that little up front tipping manuver. At least if you are not half blind, you did see that didn’t you??

  4. penskefan - Feb 24, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    So why does Danica rate an entire article just because she was collected in a multiple-car crash? How about an article title with Aric Almirola or Austin Dillon who were also involved in the crash?

    • Eternal Optimist - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:02 PM

      Because their hair isn’t as shiny.

  5. vsawmike - Feb 24, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    If she actually hit the wall head on at 200mph she would be dead and her car would be half the length it started as. Stupid ass moronic title.

  6. timaug - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:35 PM


  7. zirathm - Feb 24, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Why can’t they make regular cars like this? In 2011 89 people were killed ***every day*** from car accidents. If Al Qaeda did this there would be billions of dollars spent to stop it. 200 miles an hour straight into a wall and no injuries!!

  8. wadaea - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Maybe now that dillion has proven he has no business in a cup car they will promote him as they have danica..Austin Dillion is truely “all hat and no cattle”

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