Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were involved in a multi-car wreck with 41 laps remaining in the Daytona 500 as they attempted to enter pit road.
Johnson had been running at the front of the field for much of the final stage when the incident happened.
The incident also involved Tyler Reddick, BJ McLeod and Cody Ware.
It began when Ware made contact with McLeod, his teammate, near the entrance to pit road and sent them both into a spin
Ware slammed into the back of Reddick’s No. 31 Chevrolet. Reddick then clipped the left rear of Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet.
Stenhouse was then caught from behind by Ware.
Stenhouse, Johnson, Reddick and McLeod were able to continue.
Johnson was then held for a two-lap penalty for improper fueling after his fuel man did more than put fuel in his car.
He went on to finish ninth.
“I’ve never been hit like that on pit lane,” Johnson said. “That was the start of the craziness. I don’t know if that kept us out of trouble and got us a good finish or what, but certainly not something that we were anticipating. That just set off a chain reaction of events from there. There is a lot to manage that last 30 laps from an issue with trying to get the fueler neck in place to fuel the car, which resulted in a penalty. Getting those two laps back, working on the car multiple times, multiple crashes, for a first true race together as a group, a really, really brilliant day.”
Tickets for the 61st Daytona 500 will go on sale at 9 a.m. ET on June 12, Daytona International Speedway announced Thursday.
The race is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17 on Presidents Day weekend.
The last three runnings of the “Great American Race” have been sellouts.
· Tickets, which start at $99, can be purchased by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or visiting www.DAYTONA500.com.
· Hospitality and premium seat packages, including the Rolex 24 Lounge, Harley J’s, Trioval Club, Daytona 500 Club and President’s Row are available, as well as UNOH Fanzone/Pre-race wristbands.
· For all other Speedweeks events, children 12 and under are $10 in reserved stadium seating and free in general admission areas and in the UNOH Fanzone.
· Fans can also visit PrimeSport.com, the official ticket exchange and travel package provider of Daytona International Speedway, where they can find multiple options for tickets, lodging and hospitality.
Tickets for the 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona will go on sale at a later date.