Video: Drivers crash during NASCAR practice

Well that didn’t take long.  Halfway through Saturday’s first practice at Daytona International Speedway. The session was for the 20 cars entered in Sunday’s NASCAR Clash a non-points race.  The cars were in a pack heading down the backstretch when Chase Elliott seemed to get loose and fell back into the car of Ryan Newman.  Newman spun sweeping up Denny Hamlin and Kevin Harvick.

The cars of Hamlin, Newman and Harvick was the only ones not able to continue and came to rest in the grass.

“It looked like the 9 car either washed up in front of me or drove up in front of me,” Newman said. “I’m not sure if he was driving or his spotter cleared him and he just didn’t have a chance to react, but he filled a hole that wasn’t there and kind of caused a mess.”

Hamlin’s car was damaged beyond repair while the cars of Newman and Harvick suffered only minor damage. Since the Clash is a non-points race NASCAR allowed the teams to have tires brought out to Newman and Harvick so they could drive their cars back to the garage. This allowed them to avoid going to a back-up car, something that many teams don’t have for the Clash.”

“I kind of got stuck in the mud there and they helped us out by letting us bring tires,” Harvick said.  “It would have destroyed the car dragging it out of there, so I appreciate NASCAR helping us out.”

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