I didn’t know a bird could completely wreck a NASCAR engine. Check this out.
:During Happy Hour, Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 possibilities were impacted when his #51 Phoenix Racing Chevy hit a bird. “We hit a bird and I think we cooked the engine,” owner James Finch said as he watched his men examine the engine and repair the tear in the car’s nose. “We’re having so much trouble keeping the engine cool I don’t think I want to risk [not changing it].” A Phoenix crewmember confirmed the bird strike tore a small hole in the bottom of the radiator, which unbeknownst to Busch drained the water and necessitated the change. Thus, Busch will be one of five cars that must drop to the back of the grid on the pace laps before the start of the Daytona 500. #38-David Gilliland, #10-Danica Patrick, #42-Juan Pablo Montoya and #27-Paul Menard all went to backup cars after their Gatorade Duel qualifying races so must drop back.