Aric Almirola among contenders caught in first 'Big One' wreck of 2021 Daytona 500
DAYTONA BEACH — Aric Almirola hoped to continue Tampa's championship trend, but he was one of several contenders swept up in the Daytona 500's first major wreck.
Down the backstretch on Lap 14, Almirola went sideways after taking a bump from Christopher Bell. It created a chain reaction through the middle of the pack, collecting pole-sitter Alex Bowman, Ryan Blaney, William Byron and Martin Truex Jr., among others.
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The combination of a crash and lightning strikes in the nearby area have temporarily red-flagged the race.
Kevin Harvick is the leader, followed by Bell, Austin Dillon, Kyle Busch and Kyle Larson.
Who was caught in the wreck at Daytona 500?
Here are the 16 drivers involved in the wreck on Lap 14:
- Kurt Busch (No. 1)
- Ryan Newman (6)
- Tyler Reddick (8)
- Aric Almirola (10)
- Ryan Blaney (12)
- Chris Buescher (17)
- Martin Truex Jr. (19)
- Christopher Bell (20)
- Matt DiBenedetto (21)
- William Byron (24)
- David Ragan (36)
- Anthony Alfredo (38)
- Erik Jones (43)
- Alex Bowman (48)
- Jamie McMurray (77)
- Daniel Suarez (99)
Ryan Preece somehow avoided the wreck
Those 16 drivers weren't lucky, but Ryan Preece in the No. 37 car did some quick thinking to avoid getting caught up in the Big One.
Watch the blue-and-white car on the left for some top-notch evasive driving.