Ryan Newman was supposed to drive pole-sitter Erik Jones’ car. Instead, an engine problem ended their race immediately.
Newman, who previously won in the Daytona 500 in 2011, sat in third place behind pole-sitter Jones and Alex Bowman when he suddenly heard a “whump” and felt his engine failure.
“I’m like, ‘Oh, no. What’s going on?’ It’s pretty intense,” Newman told ESPN.
The engine failure hit between two wide-open turns at Daytona International Speedway. Newmans vehicle missed the outside wall but stayed on the track — hitting traffic the wrong way, setting himself up for a fiery wreck after a series of plumes came crashing down. The series of crashes caused multiple big crashes, before a white flag waved, bringing out yellow lights and possibly guaranteeing safety for the remaining drivers.
After the second period of yellow lights, Newman slowed and he and Jones both got back on the track, with Newman touching the outside wall, before continuing to make contact with another car and spinning out.
From there, a series of white flags were waved after two segments of red. The four other remaining drivers had the chance to restart the race or crash into each other, which resulted in the top five drivers coming together as they battled for the final position. One of them — Michael McDowell — had been running 16th at the time and was able to make it to the end.
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