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Matt Kenseth Triggers 5-Car Crash in Sprint Unlimted Practice

February 15th, 2013 at 8:53 PM
By Mark Eddinger

The 2013 NASCAR season is here and nine minutes into the first practice for Saturday's Sprint Unlimited the first crash of the season occurred. Matt Kenseth took the blame for what ended up being a five car crash that sent three teams to back up cars for the exhibition race tomorrow night.

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The crash occurred when Kenseth who was second in line in a draft of about eight cars was a little high coming off of Turn 4 behind Kyle Busch and in front of Kurt Busch. Kenseth tired to slide back down low behind Kyle but Kurt had the nose of his No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet below Kenseth already. The two made contact and both went spinning. Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Juan Montoya also had nowhere to go in the draft and received damage.

“I had no idea anybody was there, and he had a run at the same time, and I came down in front of him, and he couldn’t get slowed up from staying out of me,” Kenseth said. “It was 100 percent my fault. It doesn’t matter what kind of car you’re driving — you drive down in front of somebody, they’re going to hit you. … It seems like the cars are real good. My car was real fast before I tore it up. I feel bad that it happened.”

Busch, Martin, and Edwards will all go to backup cars while Kenseth and Montoya's teams will fix the cars and use them Saturday.

It was an interesting start for the Gen-6 car in drafting at Daytona and it looks like Speedweeks could be full of wrecks and drivers try to get used to restrcitor-plate racing with the new car.

Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited will consist of 19 drivers, who were either pole winners from last season or past winners of the event. It will be divided into segments of 30, 25 and 20 laps which was determined by a fan vote that ended earlier in the week. Fans can still vote on the type of pit stop required after the first segment and the number of cars eliminated after the second segment.

Kevin Harvick turned the fastest lap in the first practice with a speed of 197.364 mph. Greg Biffle ran the most laps with 22. In the second and final practice for the Sprint Unlimited which also took place on Friday Denny Hamlin was the fastest with a lap of 196.053 mph. Jeff Gordon turned 31 laps which was the most of any driver. The second practice only saw 12 of the 19 cars on the track.

The Sprint Unlimited can be seen live at 8 p.m. ET Saturday night on FOX.

Tags: Carl Edwards, Denny Hamlin, Greg Biffle, Jeff Gordon, Juan Montoya, Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch, Mark Martin, matt kenseth, Motorsports, NASCAR, Sprint Unlimited

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