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This Daytona 500 Last Lap Crash Slow-mo Video is Absolutely Terrifying

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The history of the Daytona 500 is littered with enormous crashes and the 63rd edition of “The Great American Race” was no different from its predecessors, with a multi-car pileup on the final lap ensuring a chaotic finish to the proceedings.

Joey Logano led going into the final lap ahead of Brad Keselowski, who attempted to overtake his teammate in search of his first win at Daytona in 13 attempts.

As Keselowski swung into the low line and looked to move alongside Logano, the No. 22 Team Penske driver threw a late block as he looked to hold onto the lead, causing the two cars to spin and hit the wall and triggering a major pileup that collected several incoming cars.

Michael McDowell, who was running in third, somehow managed to escape the chaos and secured his first-ever NASCAR Cup Series win at the 358th time of asking.

“Brad was turning right, Joey was turning left and I went right through the middle,” McDowell said of his view of the crash after the race. “It’s just kind of a blur from there.”

A slow motion version of the shunt NASCAR shared on its Twitter account illustrates the size of the crash. Terrifying as the footage is, NASCAR added all the drivers involved were evaluated and released from the infield care center facility unscathed.

A crash coming to the finish ends the #DAYTONA500 in the middle of Turns 3 and 4.

Thankfully, all drivers were evaluated and released from the infield care center. pic.twitter.com/MufpozW0d6

— NASCAR (@NASCAR) February 15, 2021

“Pandemonium, I guess. Chaos struck,” Logano told FOX Sports after the race when asked what had led to the crash.

“[Keselowski] kept trying to back up, trying to get a run. I was trying to back up to him and try to keep the runs from being too big. I guess he got to the back of [McDowell], and it ended up being a really big run coming at me, and it seemed we all just collided in one spot.

“Real bummer that neither Penske car won, but at least a Ford won, and I’m really happy for McDowell. […] If we couldn’t win, I’m really happy to see McDowell win this thing. He’s a great guy, a great person. A good leader in life and has helped me a lot in my life. So very cool to see him win the Daytona 500.”

Keselowski had a rather different version of events, seemingly suggesting Logano was to blame for the crash.

“Had a big run down the backstretch, went to make the pass to win the Daytona 500, and it ended up really bad,” he explained.

“Don’t feel like I made a mistake, but I can’t drive everyone else’s car.

“The whole team did a great job of keeping us in position, and right then, we were in position. That’s exactly where I want to be running second on the last lap at Daytona with this package. Had the run, made the move. Then it didn’t work out.”

The final lap collision was the second major crash of the day after the one that involved 16 cars on lap 15, when the front bumper of Christopher Bell’s No. 20 car got underneath the back end of Aric Almirola’s No. 10 car, sending Almirola’s car across the track into the wall.

Along with Almirola and Bell, the shunt collected another 14 cars including those of Ryan Blaney, Chris Buescher, Tyler Reddick, Anthony Alfredo, Alex Bowman, Daniel Suarez, Kurt Busch, David Ragan, Ryan Newman, Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones, Martin Truex Jr., William Byron and Jamie McMurray.

Kyle Busch, Joey Logano
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, Austin Cindric, driver of the #33 Verizon 5G Ford, and Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, are involved in an on-track incident during the NASCAR Cup Series 63rd Annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
James Gilbert/Getty

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Originally published at https://www.newsweek.com/daytona-500-last-lap-crash-slow-mo-video-joey-logano-brad-keselowski-1569288 on .

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