NASCAR driver and Capitals fan Ryan Ellis tried to drive his RMNB eFord into NASCAR’s nationally-broadcast race on FOX at 1 PM. Instead, the Ashburn, Virginia native got caught up in a wreck on lap five during the qualifying race.

Yes, he broke the Russian machine (again).

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Before the race, Ellis said how important it was to qualify well so he could avoid any craziness in the middle of the pack. Unfortunately, he started in 18th and in row 9.

The race started inauspiciously enough, but on lap five things got crazy. Kyle Weatherman got into Justin Allgaier and both went into the infield retaining wall. Myatt Snider was sent airborne as other cars collected and wrecked behind those two. Trevor Bayne and Justin Haley were also involved.

“I feel really bad for all the eGuys back at the eShop,” Ellis said. “We had a really good Russian Machine Ford until we got caught up in a massive crash on the back straightaway. I thought I was going to get through it but my dogs Andy and Barry told me to go low/middle through the crash and they guessed wrong.”

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FS1 replayed the wreck before the start of the NASCAR race.

Only four of the 34 drivers who participated advanced into the big race. Those drivers were Ruben Garcia Jr., Ty Majewski, Anthony Alfredo, and the race winner Alex Labbe.

Before the qualifying race began, Ellis got a lot of attention on social media after he posted a video of himself driving through a crazy wreck during practice. He didn’t even lift as he drove through flipping cars and smoke. I’m so proud.

Ellis also had some “fun” as well, ending his practice session by flipping into the fence.

Despite wrecking during the race, Ellis showed speed all week and believed he was fast enough to challenge for one of the top four spots.

He hopes that NASCAR considers adding a second race for XFINITY and Truck drivers on Friday nights.

We can’t wait to see what’s next and thank you again to Ryan for letting us go along for the ride. This is the most exciting Sunday we’ve had in a while.

Headline photo courtesy of FS1

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