Massive crash takes out a number of contenders early at Daytona

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Over a dozen cars were involved in the accident.

On the 21st lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Daytona, it all went wrong. Bobby Labonte moved up in order to lead the outside line. Stenhouse tried to dive underneath him and Gordon got nervous, moved and made contact with Tony Stewart. What immediately followed was a massive accident that took out some very big names.

In the trioval, fans watched as the cars of Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Danica Patrick, A.J. Allmendinger and Trevor Bayne were twisted and mangled in the carnage. Some cars tried to take refuge in the grass, only to find it a muddy field (from all the rain) that shredded front bumpers off and sent cars spinning out of control.

An upset Jimmie Johnson tweeted after the wreck.

In a post-wreck interview, Stewart was quoted as saying, "Stenhouse was going to be a hero. No idea what happened to him. Took out a bunch of cars for no reason.""

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Series NASCAR-CUP
Event Daytona II
Sub-event Sunday race
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Article type Race report
Tags crash