Saturday night’s race very likely could be Dale Earnardt Jr.’s last chance to win at Daytona, and his chances just took a major hit after he crashed the No. 88 car on Lap 52 at the Coke Zero 400.
Earnhardt had a flat rear tire, Paul Menard was right behind him. The flat tire sent Earnhardt into the wall.
The flat tire caused quite a bit of damage to the No. 88 car, and it sent Earnhardt into pit row.
The damage was not severe enough to keep Earnhardt out of the race, but he was later caught up in a big wreck after getting all the way back up to seventh place. He would not return.