By admin | February 24, 2013
By Richard Allen
A lap 33 incident in the tri-oval of the 2.5 mile Daytona International Speedway eliminated several of the race’s top contenders well before the halfway mark of NASCAR’s most prestigious event.
The multi-car wreck was triggered when Kyle Busch bumped Kasey Kahne as the cars raced at speeds approaching 200mph. That tap sent the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet for a spin with more than half the pack bearing down on him.
“That was no different from a normal bump draft,” Busch told his crew over the in-car radio. “I don’t know why it went wrong.”
Busch’s spotter responded by telling him that the No. 5 car had been loose previously.
In all, the cars of Kahne, Kevin Harvick, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya and Casey Mears were damaged and knocked from contention. Defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski was also damaged but his crew was able to repair his car quickly enough to keep him on the lead lap.
“If I didn’t tell you I was heart broken and disappointed, I’d be lying to you,” said Stewart when interviewed by Fox reporters. This was just another in a long line of disappointments for the three time Sprint Cup champion in this race. This would be his 15th attempt in ‘The Great American Race’ without a victory.
2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray was also damaged severely enough to be sent to the garage area. “I was so far behind I have no clue,” McMurray told the Fox television pit reporter Krista Voda. “I was in a bad position there because I felt like they going to wreck.”
Harvick, who had won two preliminary events leading up to the running of the big race, had his car badly torn up in the crash. “I saw the 5 spinning so I let off and I think somebody got me in the back and I got turned into the wall and took a couple of pretty good shots,” Harvick told Fox.
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