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Drive4COPD 300 Crash: The Big One Erupts At Daytona

Every time NASCAR comes to Daytona or Talladega to race in close proximity, there's talk of "The Big One," a multi-car accident that collects several cars. It has just struck with only 15 laps remaining and eliminated several contenders. The crash appeared to start when Kurt Busch and Joey Logano made contact, triggering a stack-up effect that sent several cars into the outside wall.

Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson had perhaps the wildest ride, with his Jimmy Means-owned Chevrolet going clear under the back of Justin Allgaier's machine. Kenny Wallace, Reed Sorenson, Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon, Johanna Long, Lawrenceville's Casey Roderick, Michael Annett, Mike Wallace, and Tayler Malsam were among the several other drivers involved in the wreck.

With just 13 laps remaining in the race, Busch - who managed to save his car - sits as the leader. Tony Stewart, seeking his fifth-straight win in the February Nationwide race at Daytona, runs second. Busch's younger brother Kyle, who pushed him to the lead, is third, while Stewart's drafting partner Elliott Sadler is fourth. The remainder of the top-10 is comprised by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Logano, Sam Hornish Jr., Kasey Kahne, Unadilla's David Ragan, and Trevor Bayne. Bayne, the defending Daytona 500 champ, was two laps down at one point but regained both of his laps and now stands in position to potentially grab another Speedweeks win.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.