From the Marbles - NASCAR

Obviously, the most catastrophic wreck of the Daytona 500 was the Michael Waltrip-led cluster bomb that took out a third of the field less than 30 laps in. But if you're looking for a wreck that had a tangible effect on the end of the race, you need to look much later. Tony Stewart pushes Kurt Busch into Regan Smith, and oh no the humanity:

This was the wreck that opened the door for Trevor Bayne to win, as it took out two of the strongest drivers still in the field in Clint Bowyer and Ryan Newman, as well as Newman's pusher Hamlin. Dale Earnhardt Jr. went low to avoid the wreck and flattened a tire, effectively ending his day. Tony Stewart had trouble finding a partner as reliable as Junior, and also faded late. So if this wreck hadn't happened, would we still have Trevor Bayne as a winner? We'll never know, will we?

Related Articles

From the Marbles

Add to My Yahoo RSS

Related Photo Gallery

Y! Sports Blog