Dale Earnhardt Jr. emerged unscathed from a horror wreck in today’s National race at Daytona International Speedway as his No. 88 Chevrolet was caught up in an 10-car wreck.
Mike Wallace, Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards and Brendan Gaughan were all involved in the wreck that saw Earnhardt Jr. slide across the track on his roof.
“A couple guys got together and just got hooked into me,” said Earnhardt after the accident, “I had a lot of fun out there, but it was an expensive day. I'll have to go back and balance the books out there. It was an expensive day for JR Motorsports.”
In a later interview Earnhardt reflected on the crash: “When it was upside down sliding, you can't tell where you're at or who's going by or what's hitting you. I asked (spokesman) Mike (Davis) if it was awesome. He said it was pretty awesome. You don't want to flip one upside down and not be spectacular. You don't want to waste your opportunity, right? So he gives it a 10.”
“I've always been fascinated with cars getting airborne and being in them when it's happening. It's a weird feeling. You get this weightlessness feel where you don't know which side's up. It's a hell of an experience, and don't really like going through it but when you do, it's one you'll never forget. It also gives you a lot of confidence in how safe the cars are. It makes you go out there and maybe be a little crazier when you're behind the wheel the next time.”