Clint Bowyer got into the back of race leader Austin Dillon coming into Turn 1, setting off a multi-car wreck in Sunday’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 at Daytona International Speedway.
Bowyer made a move to the inside of the track and Dillon came down with him, but Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet did not clear Bowyer’s No. 14 Ford. The two cars came together, spun and wrecked into the field behind them.
“I guess he didn’t want me to pass him,” Bowyer said of Dillon. “I don’t know. I got under him and he blocked, and we got together, I got off of him – moved down and got off of him – and here he comes back down even more and just finally wrecked us all. That’s just part of racing like this.”
Dillon gave his side of the story.
“Originally off of Turn 4 I thought me and the 9 would be able to get by the 11, but the 9 wasn’t clear,” Dillon said. “I really thought it was urgent because of the lightning and rain coming so I jumped up there and had a good push from the 14. My plan was as soon as I cleared the 11 was to cut down and get left again to get with my Chevy teammates. It’s real unfortunate.”
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Seventeen cars were counted to be involved the wreck that brought out a caution flag on Lap 118 of a scheduled 160. Besides Bowyer and Dillon, the list included the Nos. 9, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 37, 42, 43, 47, 88, 95 and 96.