Friday, January 11, 2013

Daytona Pre-Season Testing: Big Wreck in Friday Afternoon Session

The Sporting News

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Drivers wanted to see how their new Sprint Cup cars handled in the draft at Daytona International Speedway.

The answer? Don’t push.

It was a costly lesson for many Friday as a 12-car crash resulted in eight teams having their three-day test end in the middle of the second day because of damage to their cars. At least four other teams decided to go home to avoid wrecking.

The accident happened about 22 laps into the drafting session Friday afternoon when Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned Marcos Ambrose.

“I was just going to give him a push down the back straightaway and see if he could get the lead,” Earnhardt said. “We got off the back straightaway and was pushing along there and our cars didn’t match up very well.

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