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Published: Jul 7, 2014
26 car crash; Daytona [PHOTO\VIDEO] produces "big one"
by Mike Baron


26 car crash; Daytona [PHOTO\VIDEO] produces "big one", A huge crash involving 16 drivers occurred early in Sunday's rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

This 400-mile race was scheduled for Saturday night, but persistent rain at Daytona International Speedway delayed it until the following day.
The multi-car crash happened on lap 20 as a tight pack of cars were coming out of turn 4. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got loose when he exited the turn. At the same time, Jeff Gordon tagged Tony Stewart from behind. Stewart then bumped into Stenhouse and turned him around, triggering the pileup.

Stewart, a four-time winner of the July race at Daytona, and Jimmie Johnson, who won the Daytona 500 and the 400-miler here last year, as well as Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, A.J. Allmendinger, Trevor Bayne and Stenhouse had their races come to an end.

Then on lap 98, another massive crash left Kyle Busch upside down and drew the second red flag of the race.

Kasey Kahne was hit from behind and spun into Greg Biffle, causing a colossal 26-car pileup. Fortunately, the field was able to slow down considerably and many of the collisions were at a relatively low speed.

After the accident, there were just 16 cars left on the lead lap, and only six cars remaining in the race had not been involved in a crash in the first 100 laps. Aric Almirola would go on to win the race after it was called for rain by NASCAR.

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