Twenty-six cars involved in Daytona crash
July 06, 2014, Staff report, NASCAR.com
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A second major pileup that involved 26 cars slowed the Coke Zero 400 on Sunday afternoon, forcing the second red flag of the day at Daytona International Speedway.
Three cars tangled near the front of the pack at the end of the backstretch, snagging multiple cars in the smoky mess and turning the No. 18 Toyota of Kyle Busch onto its roof. The melee caused a stoppage with 98 of a scheduled 160 laps complete.
Contact between cars driven by Greg Biffle and Kasey Kahne hooked the No. 22 Ford of Joey Logano heading to Turn 3, blocking the 2.5-mile track. By the time the tally of cars involved hit 26, very few lead-lap cars were remaining to contend for the win.
"Just so unhappy," said Biffle, who led twice for nine laps before the stack-up. "Just close-quarters racing."
The drivers involved with varying degrees of damage: Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Alex Bowman, Busch, Biffle, Cole Whitt, pole-starter David Gilliland, Justin Allgaier, Ryan Newman, Paul Menard, Josh Wise, Michael Annett, Ryan Truex, Bobby Labonte, Matt Kenseth, Landon Cassill, Jamie McMurray, Marcos Ambrose, Logano, David Ragan, Denny Hamlin, Danica Patrick, Brad Keselowski, Terry Labonte, Reed Sorenson and Michael McDowell.
The race was red-flagged earlier in the day for rain after a delay that postponed the 400-miler from Saturday night to a Sunday morning start. A 16-car crash knocked several other potential contenders from the race on Lap 20.