Elliott, Harvick, Hamlin, Newman in 1st wreck at Daytona

The four Cup Series drivers crashed Saturday during the opening practice for the exhibition Clash race at Daytona International Speedway. The race is slated to start Sunday afternoon.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) ‘ Chase Elliott, Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Ryan Newman have been involved in the first wreck of Speedweeks.

Elliott got caught in the middle of a tight pack and seemed to slide in front of Newman on the outside. Newman tapped Elliott, who then spun in front of traffic. Harvick slammed into the back of Hamlin, who had started to slow.

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Harvick and Newman spent an unusual amount of time standing beside their cars, trying to decide the best way to get them back to the garage while doing the least amount of additional damage.

The Clash field is comprised of 2018 playoff contenders, 2018 pole winners, former Daytona 500 champions and former Daytona 500 pole winners.

  • Publisher: Beaumont Enterprise
  • Date: 2019-02-09T16:46:02Z
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2018 Daytona Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race Info

THE RACE: Coke Zero Sugar 400 TRACK: Daytona International Speedway Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #18 of 36

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NASCAR America: 5:00pm/et on NBCSN NASCAR Countdown to Green: 6:30pm/et on NBCSN Television Race Coverage: NBC, 7:00pm/et

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In the Booth: Rick Allen, Jeff Burton, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Peacock Pit Box: Steve Letarte Pre/Post-Race and Hosts: Krista Voda, Kyle Petty, Dale Jarrett Pit Reporters: Marty Snider, Kelli Stavast, Dave Burns Features Reporter: Rutledge Wood Breaking News: Nate Ryan

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Daytona 500: Wreck ends Stage 1 with Kurt Busch out front

Alex Bowman finished second followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Blaney, Martin Truex Jr., Michael McDowell, Kevin Harvick, Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Paul Menard.

Stenhouse who was attempting to block Blaney got loose and Erik Jones, William Byron, Daniel Suarez, Jimmie Johnson, Martin Truex Jr., Ty Dillon and Larson were collected in the process.

Bowman led the field to green for the 60th running of the Daytona 500. Denny Hamlin shot out to the lead on Lap 1 with Blaney in tow on the inside lane. Brad Keselowski, Austin Dillon, Aric Almirola, William Byron, Matt DiBenedetto, Kyle Larson, Jimmie Johnson and David Gilliland started from the rear of the field prior to the start.