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Earnhardt Jr. Causes Big Wreck During Daytona Testing [Video]

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Dale Earnhardt Jr. started a big wreck at the Daytona today.

The crash took 12 cars off the track and essentially shut down testing at the Daytona International Speedway

Earnhardt said:

”It was a big mess and tore up a lot of cars down here trying to work on their stuff. Definitely the drafting is not like it used to be. You can’t really tandem certain cars; certain cars don’t match up well.”

According to ESPN, Earnhardt was trying to bump draft with Marcus Ambrose. The popular driver’s car lifted Amrose’s vehicle off the track and slammed it into the wall. The incident would cause another 10 cars to fly off the track.

Jeff Gordon, Kasey Khahne, Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Jamie McMurray, Martin Truex Jr., Aric Almirola, Regan Smith and defending Spring Cup champion Brad Keselowski were all involved in the crash. No one was hurt in the crash but the damaged vehicles forced several teams to pack it in for the weekend.

Sports Illustrated notes that several manufactures are using cars this year with less downforce. The front bumpber of Earnhardt’s car tucked under Amrose’s vehicle and lifted it “like a forklift.”

Gordon said that the new vehicles will force some drivers to change their techniques.

Gordon said:

“You can’t push, which I think is a good thing. The bad thing is you can still get to the guy’s bumper, but the cars just don’t line up very well. … It’s something that is going to have to be dealt with very carefully. You are going to have to be cautious when you do it and do it with the right guys, but most of the time you’re going to need to stay away from it. That is certainly something we learned.”

Here’s a video of Earnhardt Jr.’s big crash.

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37 Responses to “Earnhardt Jr. Causes Big Wreck During Daytona Testing [Video]”

  1. Alan Jackson

    reallly not seein how they can blame this on JR. looks like the 9's fault to me.

  2. Chris Uptain

    "bumpber"? You write for a living and come out with "bumpber"?

  3. Richard Walsh

    Earnhardt is a never was and a never will be– my dead grandmother is a better driver.

  4. Dee Dee Rigler

    good the move his father made famous, and probably killed him, will become non existant!

  5. Steve LeBaron

    It hasn't been racing in many years since big corporate money removed any competitive incentives and turned some boys into riders of marketing toys. Do what you're told, cause a wreck when told to, allow the chosen to win, and you too can have the pit lizards of your choice.

  6. Jim Claybrook

    don't try to make this look lika junior thing! Anybody could have caused this ant thatis is what happens when they have to test all the new things at 200 mph.Believe this he isn't happy to face these guys in the pits including the owners that payed for the cars.Put up or shut up and don't talk if you don't pay the bills.You love watching it don't you?

  7. Patrick Oleary

    jacksobey sounds like he knows enough about racing since he knows jr sucks

  8. Greg Booker

    You and Dick are both idiots. I'm sure you're both better drivers. Those who can drive, those who can't make stupid comments.

  9. Cameron Hartsfield

    He certifiably doesn't suck. No, hes not as good as he used to be. But to say he sucks….lets see you go out there and do it. NASCAR is one the hardest racing sports, F1 drivers "suck" at NASCAR. But a NASCAR driver does F1 for the first time and gets third. Not to shabby for a guy that only take left turns.

  10. David Cook

    It's Marcos, not Marcus. Now this writer knows racing'. Fuktard

  11. Melonie Phillips Holcomb

    I hate this damn race, ridiculous to think that drivers can go 200 mph inches apart and aerodynamics don't screw up just maybe 1 car and just the 1 car crashes? this track is an accident waiting to happen, too dangerous, yeah I like to see the wrecks but not at these speeds, who's going to die next? I mean how many does it take, you can't slow the cars down where they can't get away from each other, this speed just sucks them up in a vacuum, its no bodies fault, which ever driver you don't like or pull for is the one you will blame.

  12. Melonie Phillips Holcomb

    jim a lot of typos but i agree, lol, when you're good and popular there are people that will hate, they are all great drivers otherwise they wouldn't be where they are, even the drivers i can't stand are great!

  13. Melonie Phillips Holcomb

    unbelievable what comes out of a fool's mouth Dee Dee, a move killed Dale Sr?i thought it was an accident that killed him, shouldn't talk about people like that

  14. Ross Poulson

    Melonie…. Everything you have typed, in all your posts, have been full of typos… Your unintelligible garble further proves the stereotype of typical Junior fans…

  15. Nelson L Cook

    nascar is bull crap as a congress lies and cheats on the track all rules and no balls run what u bring bill elliotts knew how to beat people on the track with out nascar butting in.

  16. Brock Powers

    Jr. isn't a "hack" as so many of you indicate here. I'm sure you are fans of other drivers. So what. The "livin' off his daddy's…" crap makes you look stupid. This one wreck proves he's not a "hack". It proves that NASCAR is screwing with the cars, and he's revealed it. Racing is about tight spaces and high speeds. If you are to drive the new cars, you'd better know what you are getting yourself into. That is what TESTING is all about. It's why they do this in January. Hopefully they won't ruin racing by making it a slower more boring version of itself. So far, the little turtle lookin' cars are not holding up their end of the bargain. Glad someone is putting them through their paces.

  17. Anonymous

    Did Earnhardt ever admit to causing the wreck? I did not hear him admit it. Big mouth Darrel Waltrip was first to blame Carl Edwards. Opening his mouth again and blaming the wrong guy.

  18. Anonymous

    I never read anywhere that Earnhardt admitted causing the wreck. Big mouth Waltrip always opening his mouth and blaming the wrong guy before the evidence clearly showed Earnhardt to blame. I can't stand the Waltrips!

  19. Stephanie McCain

    Gee… maybe JR actually can't drive….. anyone ever think of that?

  20. Anonymous

    Cameron Hartsfield It's driving a car around in circles for hours on end & about as exciting as watching paint dry. After talking to some NASCAR fans, I can see as to WHY they're fans, they're excited by shiny things that go fast. I'd be surprised that if they took an I.Q. test…they'd end up OWING points!!!