It was only practice for the Budweiser Shootout but after Mark Martin (#5) and Denny Hamlin (#11) got together seven cars in total were involved in a crash. Besides Denny Hamlin and Mark Martin, also involved were Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer, Jamie McMurray all will go to backup cars, with Joey Logano and Kyle Busch having minimal damage. Clint Boyer was in the #31 for Kevin Harvick who is suffering from the flu.
After the wreck, Hamlin said: “ Ultimately, everyone’s out there jockeying for position and everything to find out what their car can do. I mean, it’s hairy out there for sure, and those things are going to happen whenever you’re running that close and there’s miscommunication, you’re going to have guys running into each other.”
Is this an indication of what to expect during the races here at Daytona? This season NASCAR has softened its bump-drafting rule. Drivers are permitted to be more aggressive on the track.
The Budweiser Shootout will be broadcast on FOX Saturday, Feb. 6 at 8:00pm.