For 18 drivers, Coke Zero 400 a major headache

By Stan Creekmore Senior Editor July 3, 2016

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Eighteen of the 40 cars which took the green flag to start the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway were involved in two of the six caution flags.

Greg Biffle leads the field to the green flag in the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Photo by Sarah Crabill/NASCAR via Getty Images

Nine of the groupCarl Edwards, Tony Stewart, Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Regan Smith, Kevin Harvick and Chris Buescherfailed to finish the 161-lap event. Bobby Labonte, Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Landon Cassill, Chase Elliott and Matt DiBenedetto all finish off the lead lap. Stewart, exiting the infield care center admitted his elimination was his own mistake. Edwards refrained from having anything to say. Kenseth gave his take.

“Just a bunch of cars crashing–pretty much that was it,” Kenseth said. “I was just trying to make my way back toward the front a little bit there. We had a bad pit stop exchange and came out way, way behind everybody. Carl [Edwards] was up towards the front and we were running with him before the pit stop. “I probably should have just hung in the back, hindsight, but who knows when they’re going to wreck, you never know if they’re going to wreck. Just trying to get back towards the front and there was a wreck somewhere a few rows up in front of me and just nowhere really to go.” Truex was a bit more candid in his explanation. “We were right smack in the middle of this unnecessary accident and took big-time hits from all different directions,” Truex said.

Matt Kenseth

“Someone just made a questionable move out there and a lot of other people paid the price. “We happened to be one of those teams. We did the best we could to fix the car, but it took a severe beating. Hats off to our guys for getting our car back on track.”

Thanks to Toyota Racing.