Daytona 500 2021: High moments, highlights, crashes

First, The Big One struck early in the 2021 Daytona 500. Then bad weather forced the cars off the tracks for several hours.

But after a long delay in rain, the 63rd annual Great American Race was back in action.

Here are the biggest moments of the Daytona 500 on Sunday, live on FOX.

Pitbull lights things up

Mr. Worldwide is new to the NASCAR owner scene this year and will join the Trackhouse Racing Team in January.

The Grammy winner, named Grand Marshal for the Daytona 500 that year, got things going the real pit bull way.

“The Boss” drops the green flag

WWE Star Sasha Banks knows what it takes to be a champion.

The SmackDown women’s champion dropped the green flag on Sunday, signaling the start of the 500-mile race.

Fan favorite

Racing fans made their voices heard and voted to take a look at Chase Elliott’s day. Look below!

Honoring “The Intimidator”

NASCAR paid tribute to Dale Earnhardt Sr., who tragically died 20 years ago in Daytona. Fans and the Richard Childress Racing Crew held three fingers in honor of Senior # 3 on lap three.

The big one arrives early

After a push from teammate Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell appeared to get into the back end of Aric Almirola, sending the number 10 to Alex Bowman and setting off a chain reaction of wrecks on lap 14.

Here’s another look at the pileup that involved 16 cars.

Give the race a spark

NASCAR waved a red flag shortly after the lap 14 crash, citing lightning strikes in the area. Then the sky opened and Mother Nature watered the speedway.

After a rain delay of several hours, the race resumed at around 9:30 p.m. ET. And when we were under green again, the chaos continued.

First, William Byron lost one of his rear fairings due to damage he sustained in that lap 14 crash …

… then sparks flew thanks to another collision.

One step closer to history

Denny Hamlin is trying to become the first driver in NASCAR history to win three consecutive Daytona 500 titles, and he won the first stage on Sunday.

For more updates throughout the race, check out the FOX Sports Daytona 500 Watch Party!

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