• 2018 Essence Festival | New Orleans | July 5 - July 8, 2018
TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle+
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged skeptical media coverage of his historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, declaring that “Fake News” is the nation’s “biggest enemy.” Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump challenged skeptical media coverage of his historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un on Wednesday, declaring that “Fake News” is the nation’s “biggest enemy.” Photo: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Kurt Busch Snatches Last-Lap Victory in Crash-Heavy DAYTONA 500

DAYTONA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – The 59th DAYTONA 500 was a blockbuster to watch at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday thanks to several wrecks–some of which involved ten-plus cars–casting some of the race’s most beloved drivers out of the running for the coveted trophy; and when it wasn’t wrecks, it was loss of gas. All of these incidents left the field open for Kurt Busch (#41, below), a seasoned racing champion, to finally net his very first DAYTONA 500 victory.

Kurt Busch wins the 59th DAYTONA 500. Photo: William Roebuck/Florida National News

Photo: William Roebuck/Florida National News.

 

The first wreck came in Stage 2 in Turn 3 when Kyle Busch (#18)’s car got a flat rear tire, sending the car out of control. The car turned, causing several cars behind him to crash, and one, trying to avoid the wreck, hit the wall. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. (#88)’s car sustained heavy damage as it ran over Busch’s hood. Six cars total were involved in the wreck: Busch (18), Earnhardt (88), Erik Jones (77), Matt Kenseth (20), Ty Dillon (13), Elliott Sadler (7). NASCAR’s strict regulation to not replace damaged car parts with brand new ones rendered some cars unfit to return to the track. Busch’s car was clearly totaled, but Earnhardt, whom many were hoping to win, given his comeback after the concussion and his successful performance throughout Speedweeks leading up to Sunday, was also out of the race.

The next wreck came in the 127th lap in a spot close to the first–in Turn 4. All four Stewart-Haas Fords, including Kurt Busch, were involved in the 10-plus-car wreck. Busch only sustained minor damage, and after the required five-minute repair period, kept racing.

The race overall involved drivers trying to secure their winning position from 100+ laps ahead, which involved them sometimes going three-wide and not letting others through, particularly with the new Stage system in which drivers accumulate points at each stage. Danica Patrick (#10), who had benefitted from the loss of drivers in the first wreck and had gotten as far up as second place, got caught up in the second wreck. “I don’t really know [what happened],” she said in the garage. “I just know we were all three-wide and it looks like the 6 [Trevor Bayne] and 48 [Jimmy Johnson] had something happen. There was nowhere to go. They just kept coming and hitting me.”

There were more wrecks where that came from, but one other factor caused a major loss as well: running out of gas. Chase Elliott was another fan-favorite to win Sunday given his opportunity at a trifecta: He’d won the DAYTONA 500 pole and the Can-Am Duel over the weekend. Sunday’s win would’ve landed him in the annals of racing history. After getting out of the race, he and his father left the premises immediately without speaking to the press.

The bulk of Busch’s competition was gone from the track, including Michael Waltrip (#15) and Denny Hamlin (#11, last year’s DAYTONA 500 champion) but as he admitted in a post-race interview, he nearly lost the same way. “I almost forgot to drive the line I was supposed to because I was shutting off all my switches, going to reserve fuel and saying a hail mary.” He arose in the final lap and got ahead of Ryan Blaney (#21, 2nd place finish) and A.J. Allmendinger (#47, 3rd place finish) to finally fulfill a decades-long goal.

DAYTONA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - Kurt Busch (#41)'s Ford took heavy damage by race end, but he still eked out his first DAYTONA 500 victory. Photo: William Roebuck/Florida National News.

DAYTONA, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Kurt Busch (#41)’s Ford took heavy damage by race end, but he still eked out his first DAYTONA 500 victory. Photo: William Roebuck/Florida National News.

The cherry on top of Busch’s victory is that with all that was happening around him, he lost his rearview mirror with 30 laps remaining and still made it. “I thought that was an omen,” he said after winning the race. “Throw caution to the wind. [I figured] since I lost it, I wouldn’t be needing it again.”

 

Mellissa Thomas is Editor of the Florida National News. The Jamaica-born author and journalist is a decorated U.S. Navy veteran with degrees in Entertainment Business and Film. She also helps authors-to-be double their income and clinch the credibility they deserve by walking them step by step through the process of developing, completing, marketing, and publishing their first book. You can drop her a line at mellissa.thomas@floridanationalnews.com or on Twitter @FnnSocial.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

POLITICS & POWER NEWS

National Politics

VIDEO: Andrew Jeng Releases First Campaign TV Ad In Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur Andrew Jeng releases his first campaign TV ad…

Rep. Soto, Rev. Sharpton, UnidosUs, NAACP, Civil Rights Leaders Host Press Conference Demanding Trump Admin End Practice of Separating Families at the U.S. Border

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday Congressman Darren Soto, along with social justice leaders, held a press conference…

London Breed Becomes 1st Black Woman to Lead San Francisco After Opponent Concedes

SAN FRANCISCO, Ca. (CNN) - London Breed became the first African-American woman elected to lead San…

STATE & LOCAL POLITICS

VIDEO: Andrew Jeng Releases First Campaign TV Ad In Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur Andrew Jeng releases his first campaign TV ad…

Orange Candidates Qualify for Mayor, Sheriff, County Commission, School Board, Soil & Water

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) -  Orange County candidates who qualified Friday before the qualification…

Senator Linda Stewart Doubts New Trump Executive Order Will End Immigrant Families' Plight

TALLAHASSEE – With President Donald Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy still intact, and the fate of…

Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises a Stunning $25,000 in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is…

SPORTS NEWS

MORE SPORTS NEWS

Bamba is the Magic's Choice at Number 6

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) - The Orlando Magic spent the 6th overall pick in the…

Daytona International Speedway to Deliver One of the Largest Fireworks Shows in the Southeast At The Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2018) – When the checkered flag waves on the 60th Coke Zero Sugar…

Orlando City Loses Fifth-Straight Match to Vancouver

VANCOUVER (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // In the third match of a…

2019 DAYTONA 500 Tickets On Sale Tuesday, June 12

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -Tickets for the 61st annual DAYTONA 500 will officially go on sale…

VIDEO: Buccaneers' Cut For A Cure Raises $130,000 For National Pediatric Cancer Foundation

TAMPA, Fla. - On Monday, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued to support the fight against childhood…

Orlando Pride Play to Scoreless Stalemate in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wa. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando City SC // Orlando Pride (4-3-4, 16 points)…

BUSINESS NEWS

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Political Newcomer Andrew Jeng Raises a Stunning $25,000 in Kissimmee Commission Race

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Tech entrepreneur and smart city candidate Andrew Jeng, who is…

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

Comcast Challenges Disney with $65B Bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses,…

Facebook Says It's Removing Trending News Feature Next Week

SAN FRANCISCO (FNN NEWS) - Facebook announced Friday that it will remove its "Trending" section from…

VIDEO: Dunkin Donut Delivers Free Donuts on National Donut Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day. You still have…

Orange County Property a Hot Commodity: New Construction Rises to $3.6 Billion in 2018

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Property values for Orange County continue to increase, topping…

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

Daytona International Speedway to Deliver One of the Largest Fireworks Shows in the Southeast At The Coke Zero Sugar 400

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 20, 2018) – When the checkered flag waves on the 60th Coke Zero Sugar…

VIDEO: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talk Latest Trayvon Martin Foundation Efforts at ABFF

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - While promoting the newly released Trayvon Martin docuseries "Rest…

VIDEO: "Star" Actress Ryan Destiny Talks Body Image and Her Character at ABFF

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - "Star" co-lead actress Ryan Destiny talks with Florida National…

Comcast Challenges Disney with $65B Bid for Fox

NEW YORK (AP) — Comcast made a $65 billion bid Wednesday for Fox’s entertainment businesses,…

Conservative Commentator Charles Krauthammer Says He Has 'Only a Few Weeks Left to Live'

NEW YORK, N.Y. (FNN NEWS) - Longtime Fox News commentator and conservative Washington Post columnist Charles…

BREAKING NEWS: Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) - Gretchen Carlson, the board of trustees chair for the Miss…

LIFESTYLE NEWS

MORE LIFESTYLE NEWS

VIDEO: Grenada Consul General Warren Newfield Discusses the Island Nation's Growth

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Grenada Ambassador-at-Large and Consul General in Miami Warren Newfield,…

BREAKING NEWS: Miss America Ends Swimsuit Competition

NEW YORK (FNN NEWS) - Gretchen Carlson, the board of trustees chair for the Miss…

VIDEO: Newseum to Add 18 Journalists Killed in 2017 to Journalists Memorial on June 4

WASHINGTON -- Today, at 10 a.m., the Newseum will rededicate its Journalists Memorial, which recognizes men and women who were killed…

Facebook Says It's Removing Trending News Feature Next Week

SAN FRANCISCO (FNN NEWS) - Facebook announced Friday that it will remove its "Trending" section from…

VIDEO: Dunkin Donut Delivers Free Donuts on National Donut Day

ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) - Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day. You still have…

Update on the Star Wars Immersive Resort Planned for Walt Disney World Resort

Last summer, plans for a Star Wars-inspired destination at Walt Disney World Resort were unveiled at the D23 Expo. Today…

GOLDEN TRAILER

ESSENCE MUSIC FEST

MISS AMERICA

ABFF FILM FESTIVAL

JAZZ IN THE GARDENS

DAYTONA 500

MISS UNIVERSE

WRITERS GUILD

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL

TONY AWARDS