Three rookies collect damage in Daytona “Big One”

By Dominic Aragon
July 3, 2016

Three of the four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series rookie-of-the-year contenders’ cars were damaged in the same on-track incident during the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday evening.

Joey Logano leads Chris Buescher and others during the Coke Zero 400 Saturday night at Daytona International Speedway.
Photo by Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images

Chase Elliott, Chris Buescher and Brian Scott were among the drivers to collect damage in the first accident.

In total, 22 racecars were involved in the lap 89 incident, the largest accident by car count in the race.

Elliott, who ran as high as second, gave his take on the wreck. 

“I don’t really know what happened because I was in the top lane and just saw everybody start checking up and starting to come up in our groove,” he said. “So I was just kind of along for the ride.”

Elliott unofficially finished 32nd, 48 laps down.

Buescher, who ran as high as fourth, talked about the incident. 

“It all happened in front of us,” he said. “I tried to get on the brakes and just slid right into it. There was nowhere to go.

“I tried to go up the middle.  There seemed to be fewer cars there at the time but by the time we got there the hole filled up and we ended up in it. It was a really tough day. We really wanted to have a good weekend.”

Chase Elliott

Buescher did not finish the race, posting his third DNF of 2016. He unofficially finished 40th, last place, for the first time in his Sprint Cup Series career.

Scott, who ran as high as second, spent part of the incident with the back end of his car sitting on top of Kevin Harvick’s car. 

“I didn't see a lot,” he said. “I was on the outside and our lane seemed to get a good run entering turn one and I saw guys check-up and hands out the windows so I started checking up. Then the check-up kept going and it became an accordion effect. 

“We were in the wall and jacked up and I guess the [No. 4] came up under me and drove underneath my car and then I was up in the air.

It was a pinball effect. It is an unfortunate end. You always seem to get those big ones here in the Fourth of July race. Sometimes there is nothing you can do.”

Scott unofficially finished 37th, posting his second DNF in the last three Sprint Cup Series races.

Brian Scott
Thanks to Team Chevy and Ford Performance.

Which rookie will score a Sprint Cup victory first?
No. 24 Chase Elliott
No. 34 Chris Buescher
No. 44 Brian Scott
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