WATCH: Chase Elliott Makes ‘Epic Save’ While Tyler Reddick’s Car Catches Fire in NASCAR Race at Daytona

Published 02/23/2021, 6:45 AM EST
Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Chase Elliott (9) makes a pit stop during the Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


During the NASCAR Cup race at the Daytona road course, the name of the game was trying to stay on the track. Many drivers in the Truck and Xfinity racing proved that going off track was a terrible idea. Unfortunately, Chase Elliott and Tyler Reddick learnt this lesson the hard way.

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During the restart, there were 12 laps to go for the end of the race. While Joey Logano led the pack, pole-sitter Chase Elliott was struggling near the midfield. Then, things went horribly wrong for the Hendrick Motorsports driver as he got forced off the road. Obviously, he lost control, but somehow managed to wrestle the car back in a straight line.

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By the time he rejoined the tarmac, he had lost a lot of places and was just ahead of Kyle Busch. To make matters worse, he had grass stuck on his front grille, which obviously hindered him a little. Somehow, he managed to stave off Busch’s attacks and retain his position on the track.

Chase Elliott was not the only driver in trouble

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While all this was happening, the #8 car of Tyler Reddick had far more pressing matters. To be exact, his car was on fire and it brought out the seventh caution of the day. He had already sown the seeds of his own downfall when he ran wide off the track. However, that was largely down to the lack of space on the track when the cars went four-wide.

Then, he got forced off the track and hit the grass hard. The impact wrecked the front hood of the #8 car, and the damage was so bad that the car caught fire.

In the end, Reddick’s race was over, but Chase Elliott was able to soldier on after getting rid of all the excess grass from his car.

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