Watch Juan Pablo Montoya's Fiery Crash Into A Jet Engine Dryer Truck At The Daytona 500

There is no way to really explain to racing fans what just happened at the Daytona 500, so to non-racing fans this is going to sound fucking crazy, but… a guy who hasn't won a single race in 397 times might win after a car crashed into a truck FULL OF JET FUEL and exploded.


Yes, you read that right. A truck full of jet fuel on a race track. This is because NASCAR cars can't race in the wet (which is why this race has been delayed for more than a day). So they have trucks full of jet fuel pulling a helicopter jet engine to dry the track.

So racer Juan Pablo Montoya was driving around the track during a caution, the car got loose, and then he slammed into the jet drier causing a massive crazy Michael Bay explosion. About 200 gallons of jet fuel (and diesel from the truck itself) then poured onto the track, onto the grass, and then set a gigantic fire.

But back to that caution. The leaders of the race pulled into the pit row just moments before the crash because there were just 40 laps to go. Thus, the people at the back of the field moved up to the front. Dave Blaney, a guy you've never heard, didn't pit and thus may win Daytona 500 after not winning after racing in 397 other races.

This assumes the race doesn't restart, we're waiting to find out. UPDATE: they say they'll start around 11:30.


That's also how Tony Raines in the #26 Ford sponsored by Rick Santorum might manage to get on the podium. After the first rain delay in Daytona 500 history, random strategy, and a truck full of jet fuel catching on fire.

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Why are they using only one tiny hand line to wash the track? Is there a shortage of water and/or hose in Daytona?