NASCAR Cup Series 08/28/22 Aug 28, 2022; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Daniel Suarez (99) races through the trioval during the Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Daytona International Speedway is forever synonymous with dangerous crashes that have have severe consequences for those involved. On Sunday, we saw another glimpse of just how disastrous this course can be.

The NASCAR Cup Series took to Daytona on Sunday for the Coke Zero Sugar 400, which featured a nasty crash involving the majority of the drivers in the race with only 23 laps remaining.

It’s unclear exactly who caused this massive pile up, but it seemed to stem from Daniel Suarez losing control while battling with Denny Hamlin for first place.

Nearly everyone behind him could not escape the carnage in front, except for Austin Dillon, who was in 16th place at the time of the crash.

Dillon caught a huge break to everyone else’s dismay, somehow finding his way through the wreck and emerging as the leader of the race with the red flag being thrown after the crash to bring all drivers into pit lane.

This crash does come with some controversy, with rain coming down at the time of the incident. That has many thinking that the rain made a huge impact on Suarez spinning out.

There may be an argument that NASCAR should have stepped in and thrown the caution flag due to the rain, considering this was not the only crash that happened at the event while rain was coming down.

Earlier in the race, with 59 laps to go, there was another accident. That involved a number of drivers, including Martin Truex Jr. and many others.

Following the wreck with 23 laps, NASCAR had no choice but to throw the red flag and bring all drivers into pit lane.

Senior Vice President of Competition for NASCAR Scott Miller was asked on the NBC broadcast during the delay whether NASCAR could have done anything differently to avoid the massive wreck. Miller said he didn’t believe there was anything they could have changed.

“I really don’t. We were on top of the weather monitoring it with all of our turn spotters. We had all the information that we thought. We had been dodging a little bit of weather obviously for a little while, nothing has hit and all of the sudden there was a shower right before the wreck.”

The result of this race will have a profound impact on the 2022 NASCAR Playoffs. Sunday’s race is the last of the regular season, and a number of drivers have fighting to get into the playoffs with a win.

While Austin Dillon will be thrilled to likely get into the playoffs due to this wreck (he was 19th in the standings before this, out of the playoff picture), others will certainly be shaking their heads after this controversial race on Sunday.


About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.