Only NASCAR, and the coverage they approve, could bait fans in for weeks before the 500 (and multiple times during the off season, and multiple times during the pre-race coverage) with story after story of Ryan Newman's 2020 last lap Daytona 500 crash, including and interview with him... with his parents... with the photo of him walking out of the hospital with daughters arm and arm.... and how it was a miracle that he survived.... and then go roll out another D'500 with exactly the same rules in place in place regarding blocking (none), that again saw accidents that easily could have been as severe as that of Ryan Newman.
Newman's crash was caused by one driver blocking another coming at a much higher rate of speed.
So was this year's near end of the race crash involving Logano, Keselowski, and many, many others.
I have never raced, but putting myself in the seat for just a second here, I don't think any driver would have a ride very long if they didn't try to block, or didn't boot somebody out of the way when they had a head of steam and were suddenty blocked by another competitor. (Can't exactly slam on the brakes when blocked at the last milisecond, knowing that there are a line of cars stacked up behind you that aren't going to be hitting their brakes....)
Out of all the things that NASCAR has done over the past 10 -15 years to try to reclaim the magic that they let out of the bottle, allowing these guys to block each other when being approached by a line of cars going 10 - 15 mph faster, knowing the carnage that not only might occur, but will occur.... and the injury or worse that not just "might" occur, but will occur.... is the most desperate example of how hungry the beast has become.