Bubba Wallace and Ryan Newman each scored the best finish of their 2021 NASCAR Cup Series seasons in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway. Wallace came home in second, while Newman scored a third-place finish for his efforts.
Twitter user @Basso488 uploaded the roof cam footage from both drivers over the last two laps and it’s what the two drivers were able to squeeze past on the final two laps of the race that is just mind-blowing!
Let’s start with Wallace. On the restart with two laps to go, he is sitting ninth and it looks like he may end up with a sixth to ninth-place finish, when all hell breaks loose in front of him on the backstretch of the final lap.
It looks like an action movie scene, but somehow, the carnage parts perfectly for his No. 23 machine to squeak through.
Last 2 laps of the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 @ Daytona, Bubba Wallace's onboard camera. pic.twitter.com/ltIG6CyXdk
— Andrew (@Basso488) August 29, 2021
Newman, on the other hand, restarted 12th and on the opening lap of the restart he faded back a little bit as the top lane did not have the momentum that the bottom lane had. However, Newman built speed big-time heading into the final lap of the race.
Newman didn’t make it through the final lap chaos as clean as Wallace did, as he made contact with Austin Dillon and Ross Chastain, but it’s still some impressive footage to watch Newman get through the mess to finish third:
Last 2 laps of the 2021 Coke Zero Sugar 400 @ Daytona, Ryan Newman's onboard camera. pic.twitter.com/2bIIpRHaYH
— Andrew (@Basso488) August 30, 2021
For those who always claim that driving a race car is easy… Yeah, this shows otherwise.
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