'Awful coverage today by Fox': NASCAR Twitter reacts to missing Daytona 500 crash

A Stage 2 crash knocked Chase Elliott (9), Erik Jones (43) and Tyler Reddick (45) out of the 2023 Daytona 500.

What's the worst thing that can happen during the Daytona 500? No, not "The Big One," the crash that seemingly eats up the entire field of drivers. It's racing fans watching on TV missing the wreck because of a commercial break.

Sports fans vs. ad breaks is a rivalry as old as Dale Earnhardt vs. Jeff Gordon. But bad timing got the better of Fox Sports on Sunday.

Just as Fox was transitioning into a commercial while still showing the racing, Kevin Harvick pushed Tyler Reddick on Turn 4, setting off a chain reaction that involved about 10 cars. The problem is, fans watching on TV didn't see the wreck live as graphics took up the screen the moment it happened.

Ross Chastain, Kyle Larson, Erik Jones, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney and Daniel Suarez were among the drivers caught up in the wreck. But here's what Fox viewers saw:

Chastain rallied to win the stage. That's more than some angry fans could say of their viewing experience.

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Let's hope the next big thing to happen at the 500 comes commercial-free.

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: Daytona 500 fans react to Fox commercials during crash at NASCAR race