Michael Waltrip wrecked while trying to merge from the pits back onto the track during a green flag pit stop and will miss the Daytona 500 for the first time since 1987.
Waltrip lacked owner points to guarantee himself a spot in the race and was driving for Hillman Racing in the #40 car.
Needing fuel to finish the race the 48 year old made a green flag stop but no one came down pit road with him. Moments later he was out of the first Gatorade Duel and missing out on $240,000 just for making the 54th running of the Daytona 500.
Three of Waltrip’s four career wins came at Daytona including wins in the Daytona 500 in 2001 and 2003.