Amid much wreckage and various red flags, Ryan Reed prevailed and won his first NASCAR Xfintiy Series race.
Daytona International Speedway is known for producing carnage and entertainment, and both elements were present late Saturday afternoon. Running two-by-two, the field rung in the new NASCAR season with the sound of thundering engines.
Things got crazy near the end of the event, when an 11-car wreck brought out the red flag. Contact between rookie Daniel Suarez and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Larson caused Suarez to spin and dive through the field. Regan Smith flipped yet climbed out, uninjured.
As the unscathed cars parked on the backstretch, Mike Wallace failed to slow down and rear-ended Austin Dillon. Wallace’s radio transmission malfunctioned and left him unaware of the red flag.
The field went green with 21 laps remaining, and it was fast-paced and calm until nine laps remained. Another large wreck ensued, taking 10 cars out. One of the cars involved was NSCS regular and frequent NXS race winner Kyle Busch.
Busch, who was ahead of the melee, blew a tire and skidding through the infield grass, hitting the inside wall head-on. The wall didn’t have a SAFER barrier, which is a device in place at many tracks that absorbs the shock on impact. Busch needed help getting out his car and rested on the ground. He was quickly taken to the local hospital to evaluate his ‘right leg pain,’ according to Fox Sports 1.
When the debris was cleaned up and the field went green again, only five laps remained. Swerving and slicing took place, as did help from friends and teammates. At Daytona, no one has a clear advantage when it comes to the actual racing.
Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher shot to the front, a rocket that refused to fade. The two Roush Fenway Racing cars finished first and second, mustering up momentum for the upcoming season.
Reed, a young diabetic, used his victory lane time to talk about the disease and reflect on the journey he took to get into the sport. The future has just begun for him.
The NASCAR Xfinity Series never fails to bring excitement and newsworthy happenings. Updates on Kyle Busch’s condition will be posted as the information comes in.