During the 2019 1000Bulbs.com 500 at Talladega, there was a wild moment for Brendan Gaughan. He was running right among the race leaders when the Big One took place. Apparently, the #62 driver got caught in the crossfire of someone else’s accident.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was battling with Kyle and Kurt Busch at the time of the incident. Busch Jr. was leading when he collided with Stenhouse Jr. and hit the wall, as well as Gaughan and Brad Keselowski. The latter two were innocent victims who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.
During the accident, Brendan Gaughan got spun sideways and Kurt Busch and Matt DiBenedetto’s cars tagged him. In the process, his car flipped once and went airborne in a frightening crash. The good news was that the driver walked away without any injuries.
What amazed a lot of people was his nonchalant reaction to the crash. In an interview after the race, he simply said, “Yeah, I mean… Didn’t really stick it well. Mother, it’s ok.
“It’s just a flip. It didn’t hurt, I promise, and I have nothing to fear from anyone. The easiest thing you can do in a race car is go upside down. Nothing hits hard.”
The incident took place late in the race, with seven laps left on the scoreboard. As it also turned out, that crash was just one of three ‘Big Ones,’ so the Talladega Superspeedway claimed many victims. However, he insisted that in spite of the crash, he still loves racing at tracks like Talladega and Daytona.
In the end, Ryan Blaney won the race over Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin. Since the crash took place with seven laps to go, Brendan Gaughan was still classified as a finisher, albeit in 27th place.