Austin Dillon goes on wild ride in Coke Zero 400
Austin Dillon came into the Coke Zero 400 looking to pull of the weekend sweep after winning the Xfinity Series race on Saturday night. Although Dillon didn't win the Coke Zero 400 he did come home with a top-10 finish which is a pretty good days work in the Sprint Cup Series. However, the top-10 finish was the last thing on Dillon's mind after the last-lap wreck that he was involved in.
As the field was coming to the finish line the cars in front of Dillon began to wreck beginning with Denny Hamlin. Hamlin's No. 11 machine made contact with Dillon and that contact launched Dillon's No. 3 machine into the catch-fence. The most amazing thing about the incident (aside from Dillon walking away unscathed) was the speed into which Dillon's car hit the fence and then the way the fence made Dillon's car come to a complete stop. The aftermath of the wreck saw Dillon's car literally torn in half with his engine sitting on fire on the infield grass.
The video below shows different angles of the wreck in slow motion.
The wreck shook up the majority of the drivers in Daytona. The collective NASCAR Universe held their breath as the crews raced to Dillon's dismantled car to see if he was okay. After the race Dale Earnhardt Jr. was more concerned about the safety and well-being of Dillon than he was celebrating his second win of the 2015 NASCAR season.
During the rain delay NBS Sports showed a video package of NASCAR wives and girlfriends. In the package one of the woman spoke about how NASCAR drivers are putting their lives on the line every time that they step into a racecar. After that package aired some fans took to Twitter to talk about how she "overstated" the dangers of NASCAR. Less than five hours later Dillon reminded us just how dangerous this sport can be for the drivers that we love to watch.