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Twelve cars affected in 'Big One' in XFINITY opener

The "Big One" occurred in the waning laps of Stage 1 in the XFINITY Series Daytona opener with 12 cars involved.

During a Lap 26 restart -- following a 20-car wreck on Lap 23 -- the No. 33 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet of polesitter Brandon Jones, the No. 7 JR Motorsports Chevy of Justin Allgaier and the No. 21 RCR Chevrolet of Daniel Hemric got loose, sparking the melee.

Both Jones and Allgaier hit the wall hard, bringing the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota of Daniel Suarez with them.

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's Darrell Wallace Jr. and JGR teammates Matt Tifft and Erik Jones were affected as well. Other cars in the wreck included Chris Cockrum, Harrison Rhodes, Brandon Hightower, Scott Lagasse Jr. and Blake Koch.

“I think the 7 got turned by somebody and I saw Erik didn’t lift, so I didn’t lift and we were trying to go through the middle, and I think me and Daniel collided there," Wallace said. "It was just unfortunate circumstances that put us there. We probably looked like a boy band group walking out all together, but I just hate it for my guys."

NASCAR quickly parked the field under red-flag conditions.

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