Jet Dryers Crash While Preparing For The Daytona 500 & NASCAR Fans Had All The Juan Pablo Montoya Jokes

NASCAR Daytona 500 jet dryers

If I had a nickel for every time a jet dryer crashed when the Daytona 500 was postponed to a Monday, I would have two nickels. Which isn’t a lot, but it’s weird that it’s happened twice.

Of course NASCAR fans remember the first time it happened back in 2012, when the rain-delayed race was moved to Monday night and Juan Pablo Montoya set the track on fire (literally) after crashing into a jet dryer that was on the track under caution.

Track crews worked furiously to extinguish the giant inferno before it caused irreparable damage to the surface of the track and forced NASCAR to call the race prematurely. And after they were able to get the fire put out, the track crew then brought out a special cleaning agent to get the remainder of the fuel out of the surface of the track.

Just kidding, they brought out boxes of powdered Tide laundry detergent and washed the track down.

The bizarre scene caused the race to be delayed for two hours while crews worked to clean up the mess and repair the track.

And here we are once again, in the year of our Lord 2024, and the Daytona 500 was once again postponed to Monday due to rain. And once again, we’ve already had a jet dryer crash at Daytona International Speedway.

Of course this time the race hasn’t started yet, and Juan Pablo Montoya is (presumably) nowhere near the track, but as track crews work to dry the track and get things ready for the green flag, two jet dryers apparently collided on the high banks of turn 1.

History repeats itself…

Well of course, NASCAR fans couldn’t help themselves after seeing a scene eerily reminiscent of Juan Pablo Montoya’s accident in 2012.

The good news is that it seems that this one was just a minor incident, and there were no injuries (or massive fire).

I guess we can’t blame this one on Juan Pablo, but if this is how the day is starting, this Daytona 500 is about to be WILD.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock