“Don’t Know How We Made It Through That” – Ryan Blaney Barely Survives Wreck to Win at Daytona

Published 09/01/2021, 2:58 AM EDT
FORT WORTH, TEXAS – NOVEMBER 02: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Wabash National Ford, stands on the grid during the Salute to Veterans Qualifying Day Fueled by The Texas Lottery for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 02, 2019 in Fort Worth, Texas. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)


At the Daytona International Speedway, Ryan Blaney took his second consecutive win of the season. However, he could have very easily been caught up in any of the multi-car crashes that took place during the race. Without a doubt, the regular-season finale was fiercely contested, as drivers scrambled to snatch playoff seats.

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In the buildup to the race, many drivers were gunning for the final spots. Daniel Suarez was one of them, along with Tyler Reddick and Austin Dillon. As the race got underway, there was plenty of jostling for position. Sometime during the run, Dillon dove to the bottom lane, but he was the only one. Needless to say, he also began to question himself for that bizarre action. In the end, Chase Elliott took the win on the opening stage ahead of Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch.

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During the second stage, Aric Almirola and Alex Bowman spun, but kept the cars running. Meanwhile, Reddick and Corey LaJoie were making nuisances out of themselves. In the end, Joey Logano took the second stage win, ahead of Dillon and William Byron. Throughout the race, there were multiple wrecks, and Ryan Blaney was lucky to dodge them. He exclaimed on the radio, “I don’t know how the f*** we made it through that. Holy sh**.”

How did the race fair for Ryan Blaney and his rivals?

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Later on in stage three, Austin Dillon reported some electrical issues. Meanwhile, drama unfolded behind him, as Martin Truex Jr got spun around, and Byron and Chase Briscoe were also involved. Apparently, Denny Hamlin kept bumping into Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who went and spun Truex Jr. Poor old Reddick got caught up in the incident and threatened to jeopardize his playoff chances.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 12: Ryan Blaney, driver of the #12 Menards/Peak Ford, speaks with the media during the NASCAR Cup Series 62nd Annual Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway on February 12, 2020 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Admittedly, there was so much debris that it brought out a red flag. When it restarted, Chris Buescher soon drew everyone’s ire. Soon, Joey Logano had a brush with the wall, and a few more followed suit. Chase Elliott triggered the next wreck, as more drivers crashed, with a handful escaping, including Austin Dillon.

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Meanwhile, the laps wound down, and everyone was going for broke. During the overtime, there was one final crash, before Ryan Blaney took the chequered flag. Soon, a gleeful Tyler Reddick celebrated his entry into the playoffs.

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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