Thursday, November 23, 2023

Video: Eighth-Place Finisher Ryan Blaney Spins, Hits Wall on Daytona 500 Cooldown Lap

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Despite (somehow) recording an eighth-place finish in the season-opening NASCAR Cup Series event at Daytona, Ryan Blaney ran into some significant troubles, including being involved in two multi-car wrecks, and crashing on the cooldown lap. PC: Toby Christie |

In Sunday’s Daytona 500, Ryan Blaney was (somehow) able to bring his No. 12 Menards Ford Mustang home in eighth place, despite the vehicle looking like it had been tossed through a woodchipper.

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The 29-year-old’s damage came as a result of being involved in three different incidents throughout Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series season-opener at Daytona – two during the 500-mile contest, and one during the race’s cooldown lap.

After getting a significant piece of a multi-car accident on the final lap of the race, Blaney was making his cooldown lap around the 2.5-mile superspeedway, when he ran into some trouble, spinning his No. 12 and lightly tapping the outside wall.

Looking at Blaney’s onboard camera, it appears as though the Team Penske driver was attempting to make an evasive maneuver, in order to avoid running into the back of AJ Allmendinger, who was dramatically slowing in front of him.

A replay of Blaney’s on-board camera during the final NASCAR Overtime restart, as well as the cooldown lap – where you can see the incident happen – was posted to YouTube by NASCAR Fan99.



Joseph Srigley
Joseph Srigley
University of Windsor | Business Administration - Supply Chain & Data Analytics Editor at

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