What we know about the wreck and rain at the 2021 Daytona 500

Dan Rorabaugh
The Daytona Beach News-Journal

The 2021 Daytona 500 was only 15 laps in, and already there had been a day full of action on the track at NASCAR's season-opening race.

After a tribute to Dale Earnhardt on the third lap of the 63rd running of the Great American Race, the famed "Big One" got 16 drivers caught up in a wreck on Lap 14.

Right after that, the rain started falling in Daytona, causing the red flag to come out and for all drivers who weren't already in the garage to head for cover.

The race resumed about 9:15 p.m., after 5 hours, 40 minutes under the red flag.

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Here's what we know about the Daytona 500 as of right now:

Wreck catches 16 drivers on Lap 14

Christopher Bell bumped Aric Almirola and them sideways into the wall on the backstretch of Lap 14. This started a massive chain reaction that ended up involving 16 drivers, including some major players.

One of the drivers involved was Ryan Newman. Here's his view of the crash:

Ryan Preece somehow skated through the wreckage (he's the blue-and-white car on the left).

Some of the other racers involved shared their frustration (or their laughter) over Twitter.

Rain rolls in and brings long weather delay

Minutes after the massive crash, the clouds that have loomed over most of Speedweeks opened up, leading to a lengthy rain delay.

Kevin Harvick was leading before the rains started. It looked like the rain was abating about 5 p.m., but shortly after, it picked up again.

Things were looking up around 7 p.m., though it might still be a while before the race is in the clear.

At 8 p.m., the Fox broadcast team said NASCAR was optimistic the race would resume tonight.

And minutes later, NASCAR said it was targeted a restart time of 9 p.m.

Chase Briscoe hits up Panda Express as drivers wait out rain

Drivers made the best of it.

Chase Briscoe even took a trip outside the raceway for a quick bite at Panda Express.

And Ross Chastain made a pit stop at McDonald's.

Eventually, NASCAR will send its Air Titan vehicles to dry the track and get the cars back on the track. Once it stops raining, the Air Titans can get the track dried in an hour or less.