A multicar crash during the first major drafting session for the 2013 Daytona 500 occurred less than an hour into the Friday afternoon testing session.
The wreck began when Dale Earnhardt Jr. bumped Marcos Ambrose from behind and initially collected Jamie McMurray, Aric Almirola and Brad Keselowski.
"I didn't see anything," said Keselowski, who was drafting in the 18-car pack. "I saw cars smoking and wrecked in front of me. I think I ran into the back of the 43 (of Aric Almirola), and someone ran into the back of me. That's just the way this deal is. It's unfortunate, but sometimes you've got to wreck 'em to learn."
Other drivers involved in the incident included Joey Logano, Carl Edwards, Jeff Gordon, Regan Smith and Kasey Kahne. McMurray and Ambrose were evaluated and released from the infield care center.
Keselowski seemed to see the incident as somewhat inevitable.
"The sport is rewinding," he said. "That's an important thing to say, because the sport advanced to where we got the two-car tandem about three or four years ago. There were certain things that you could do them that you could never do in the past without wrecking. Now the rule package has been changed back to where we were in the early 2000s, where I think the fans and everybody else enjoyed the racing a little better. So, as drivers, we have to rewind back to how we used to drive those cars. This is how you do it.
"You learn and you make mistakes and that's part of it. I might be the guy that makes the mistake next time, so I can't really be mad about it. It's unfortunate that there are torn-up cars, but let's be honest -- it's January, and we've got another month and a half to build 'em right. I'm sure nobody in the field here is going to race these cars (in the Daytona 500) anyway, so we'll build another one and have the Miller Lite Ford back for the Daytona 500."