It didn’t take long for the "Big One" to alter the landscape at Daytona International Speedway. Less than an hour into the first practice of the season –- a test session for tomorrow night’s Budweiser Shootout – a multi-car crash in Turn Four wiped out at least a half-dozen cars.
The wreck was triggered when defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart turned Kurt Busch’s Phoenix Racing Chevrolet sideways while attempting to bump-draft in Daytona’s fourth turn. Busch careened to the bottom of the banking collecting younger brother Kyle, former Series champion Jeff Gordon and Penske Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and AJ Allmendinger. .
Gordon, Keselowski, Allmendinger and Kurt Busch will apparently be forced to backup cars for the race.
Matt Kenseth topped the speed charts in the session with a speed of 201.762 mph. Jeff Burton, David Ragan, Jamie McMurray and Ryan Newman completed the top five.