A 13-car wreck on lap 146 ended the race for some, including Patrick and her No. 10 car. Patrick led the race at one point, but the disruptive crash was a scary moment for racing fans as she went head-on into the side wall.
Check out the video below for the full crash:
After the race Jeff Gluck of USA Today spoke with Patrick about the wreck:
"I felt everything was going pretty well," Patrick said. "It's just upsetting, a culmination of sitting around all day. It's a bummer, but that's the excitement of speedway racing that anything can happen. It's unfortunate I was on the short end of the accident, but that's the type of thing that happens."
The incident started when Kevin Harvick (No. 4) made contact with Brian Scott (No. 33). That set the dominoes in motion and started a chain reaction which spread to the rest of the track:
Aric Almirola (No. 43) veered across the track and collided with Patrick, causing her to lose control:
Patrick managed to maintain control of her speeding car initially, but the slick track conditions caused her to careen into the wall:
It was a scary moment for viewers, so it’s hard to imagine what must have been going through Patrick’s head. The Big Lead's Michael Shamburger provided a look at Patrick's in-car camera during the incident.
Jeff Gluck of USA Today shared some of the big names affected by the crash:
Waltrip Almirola Danica Newman Gilliland Maybe more— Jeff Gluck (@jeff_gluck) February 24, 2014
Here's the list of all the cars affected, courtesy of NASCAR's official stats Twitter account:
Caution 3: Accident on frontstretch involving 3, 5, 9, 10, 27, 30, 33, 38, 43, 51, 66, 98. #NASCAR— NASCAR Stats (@NASCARStats) February 24, 2014
NASCAR’s official Twitter account gave us an indication of the repair work that needs to be done in the Sprint Cup garage:
Fortunately, neither Patrick nor any of the other drivers were seriously injured in the crash. Their cars and competitive drive took the bulk of the punishment. Patrick, who led for two laps for the second consecutive year, ended up finishing in 40th place a year after coming in eighth at the Great American race.
NASCAR fans may have had to wait an extended period of time for the season's first marquee race to finish, but they certainly witnessed some action on the Daytona International Speedway.
Next up is the Profit on CNBC 500 at the Phoenix International Speedway next Sunday. Patrick will look to rebound from what has turned out to be a rough start to her 2014 season.