Austin Dillon's No. 3 Bass Pro Shops Chevy SS went airborne and hit the track catch-fence in a violent last lap multi-car crash. The Welcome, N.C., driver slid across the finish line upside down on his roof after the crash in the tri-oval of the 2.5-mile speedway in a last-lap multi-car incident.

Dillon, who was credited with a seventh-place finish, was evaluated and released from the infield care center.


Austin Dillon

 "I am just going to be really sore," Dillon said afterward. "It got my tailbone pretty good and my arm. Should be fine, just go ice it up and get ready for Kentucky.

"But just thank the good Lord for taking care of me and for what NASCAR has done to make the sport this much safer. I just hope everybody in the stands is all right. That is the next biggest concern.  Just praying for everybody and glad the good Lord looked out for me tonight."

Earnhardt and the rest of the drivers were shaken up by the wild finish.

"It was real frightening," Earnhardt admitted. "I mean, you're just on the verge of tears, to be honest with you, because I think that the first thing that goes through your mind is I saw everything in the mirror pretty clearly, and that car really went up in the air pretty high, and he hit the fence. I could just see that it was a black object that hit that fence, and so I'm assuming I'm looking at the undercarriage of the car. I've never really seen a roll cage handle those catch fences very well, and I just was very scared for whoever that was. I didn't even know what car it was, so I was just very scared for that person.

"Obviously you think about the car getting that high, what has it done to the catch fence and is there any danger to the spectators.  I didn't know exactly where he hit the fence as far as how far down the straightaway, so I didn't know if he was in range of the few seats that we've got here tonight. But it was just real scary."

Chevrolet's Campbell added. "It was great to have seven Chevrolet SS drivers finish within the Top 8 at Daytona. More importantly, I am thankful that no drivers or fans were seriously injured in the race."

Denny Hamlin (Toyota) finished third to round out the top five finishers.