|Jeff Gordon on the pole for what could be his final Daytona 500|
It didn't look for that to materialize.
Less than four minutes into Sunday's session, Clint Bowyer and Reed Sorenson got together and crashed hard into the wall, tearing up the outside barrier, littering the track with debris and leading to a red flag. Bobby Labonte, J.J. Yeley and Denny Hamlin also were involved in the crash.
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Chaos reigned from the beginning, with drivers nearly running into each other on pit road while scrambling to get onto the track first and get into a draft.
Sorenson got hit from behind early, damaging the rear of his car. He was leading a pack of traffic when Bowyer tried to get around him. Bowyer hooked Sorenson in the left rear, sending both cars crashing hard into the wall.
Bowyer ripped Sorenson for the crash and NASCAR for implementing the group qualifying format.
"He came flying around and comes up on the apron and jumps in front of me and then runs into the 51, stacks us all up and I run into him," Bowyer said of Sorenson.
"It's idiotic to be out here doing this anyway. It makes no sense to try to put on some cute show for whatever the hell this is and then you've got a guy out there in desperation doing crap like this. There is no reason to be out here. These guys have been six months working on these cars, busting their ass on these cars, to have some guy in desperation do that crap."
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