The inevitable happened with 10 laps remaining in regulation in the Daytona 500 Sunday, with a huge crash that took out numerous front runners.
The incident began when Paul Menard, who was drafting behindÂ Matt DiBenedetto, got him sideways. DiBenedetto,Â running fourth, then collected Menard, and the two drivers blocked much of the track, collecting many cars that had run extremelyÂ well all day.
No one was injured in the incident, which involved 18 cars.
“Just a racing deal,” DiBenedetto told Fox. “Nothing intentional there.”
“I just barely hooked him, and it wrecked a lot of cars,” Menard said. “That was my bad.”
The crash was dramatic even by restrictor-plate crash images, with cars piling up in a shower of sparks and twisted sheet metal.