The ultimate countdown of the Top 10 craziest Nascar races og the last decade. First we start with some honorable mentions and than continue with the list:
2007 LifeLock 400
2011 Daytona 500
2009 All-Star Race
2011 Bucyrus 200
2010 Aaron’s 499
2012 Budweiser Shootout
2007 Dodge Dealers 400
10. 2004 MBNA America 400
This race was pretty normal until Ryan Newman crashed entering pit road during a round of green flag pit stops. Then, everything got turned upside-down. The race ran under caution for about 20 laps (rather than the obvious choice of the red flag because reasons) and on the ensuing restart, a huge crash wiped out half the field.
Then, with only a handful of laps to go, Casey Mears blew up, leaking oil all over the track, and Kasey Kahne crashed in the oil, spoiling potentially his first win. Mark Martin won the race as only FIVE cars finished on the lead lap.
9. 2012 Drive4COPD 300
This race is purely on here for its finish. In the final turn, not one, not two, not three, but the top TEN cars all crashed, handing the win to James Buescher. It would end up being his only Nationwide series win, barring a miracle career comeback.
8. 2004 Missouri-Illinois Dodge Dealers 200
This was the infamous Gateway truck race that included FOUR green-white-checkered finish attempts, two of which ended up with a truck rolling over on to its side in scarily similar looking accidents. David Starr won the race with a bump-and-run on the final lap on Chad Chaffin.
7. 2010 Daytona 500
This may have been one of the best Daytona 500s in recent memory. It had great racing, a lot of lead changes, SCOTT SPEED of all people leading laps late, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. coming from tenth to second in two laps, and a surprise winner: Jamie McMurray. But it will always be remembered for the two long red flag sessions for the pothole that opened up in the track during the event.
6. 2006 Dollar General 300
Dave Blaney’s only NASCAR win came under very odd circumstances. In a race that had nearly every single cup driver in the field participating in it (including Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr., drivers not known for Buschwhacking), Blaney found himself near the front when a caution came out in the middle of a late green flag pit stops. Then, Carl Edwards and Casey Mears crashed racing for the lead, putting Blaney in front of Matt Kenseth on the final restart. It looked like Kenseth would run down and pass Blaney. But then Kenseth spun out on his own, giving Blaney the win.
5. 2012 NAPA Auto Parts 200
The final NASCAR race at Montreal was certainly a memorable one, especially the final ten laps. The last ten laps began with two well-known hot tempered French Canadian drivers, Jacques Villeneuve and Alex Tagliani, fighting for the lead, resulting in Villeneuve flat-out dumping Tagliani. It also featured Sam Hornish getting dumped by Michael McDowell. Looking like it would ruin any chance he had of getting a good finish. But then a late caution setting up a green white checkered changed everything.
Several leaders ran out of fuel, including Villeneuve, and Justin Allgaier stole the win, with Hornish coming all the way back to second. Also, this was the race where Danica Patrick ran over a shoe.
4. 2007 Samsung 500
Even if it hadn’t been for the event that changed the course of NASCAR history (yes, I am speaking of Dale, Jr. getting in Kyle Busch’s car, of course), this was still a bizarre race. A huge crash on the first lap left Ricky Rudd on top of David Ragan. And there was a lead change on the last lap… at TEXAS of all places. Not even on a late race restart. Jeff Burton actually ran down Matt Kenseth over the final 27 laps of the race, leading only the last one on the way to the win. But of course, the main bizarre thing about this race was the Kyle Busch/ Dale, Jr. driver swap.
I won’t go into the details of what happened since everyone already knows them, but those ten laps that Dale, Jr. ran in the #5 car changed the course of NASCAR history forever. I’ll explore this race much more in my top 25 “What If” moments, just letting you know.
3. 2005 Coca Cola 600
It doesn’t get much crazier than this race. 22 cautions, 18 of which were for accidents, twice a driver crashed out of the lead, including the final caution of the race when Joe Nemechek blew a tire, and an amazing photo finish between Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte. But it does get crazier than this race. In fact, there are two races that just edged this one out.
2. 2012 Daytona 500
You probably thought this would be #1, didn’t you? I think that I probably speak for everyone here when I say that not just this race, but the entire two day affair beginning on Sunday afternoon, was utterly bizarre. First, the race was delayed for a whole day and became the first Daytona 500 ever to run on Monday night. And then it took them only one lap for the guy who had won 5 of the last 6 championships to have a HORRIBLE crash. But the weirdest part of the race wouldn’t come until past halfway, when the infamous Jet Dryer incident occurred and nearly ended the race… with DAVE BLANEY in the lead.
Once the race resumed, it was beyond anti-climatic (with the icing on the cake being Greg Biffle not going for the win). But I can say that if the race HAD ended with Blaney in the lead, it would easily be #1 on this list. But as it turns out, there is one race that I find to be even CRAZIER than this.
1. 2007 Coca Cola 600
Huh? The 2007 Coca Cola 600 is crazier than a race with four green white checkered finish attempts, a race with two pothole delays, a race where someone came from eleventh to first in the final corner, a race with 22 cautions, and a race where someone hit a jet dryer??? Yes, it is. And here’s why.
The top five finishers in this race were Casey Mears, JJ Yeley, Kyle Petty, Reed Sorenson, and Brian Vickers. Add seventh place finisher Ricky Rudd (in his final season) to that, and you have the ultimate WTF finishing order. And even though it came down to fuel mileage, not a single one of those guys fluked into those finishes. Mears, Yeley, Rudd, and especially Vickers all had top ten runs all race long. Vickers dominated the middle portion of the race before he had battery problems. As for Petty and Sorenson, they both methodically worked their way from the back of the field throughout the 600 mile race and were headed for finishes between 10th and 15th, possibly top ten, before people started running out of fuel. And that isn’t all.
Jeff Gordon, who had one of the most dominant regular seasons in recent memory, had a bad crash early on, resulting in one of the only races all year where he wasn’t a factor. On the restart after that, another big wreck occurred, collecting over ten cars. Several different drivers had great runs in this race seemingly out of nowhere. In addition to the top five and Rudd, David Ragan and Jeremy Mayfield were having great runs before a flat tire and a blown engine, respectively, took them out of the race.
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