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Coke Zero 400: Tony Stewart, Dale Jr. involved in 16-car crash at Lap 21 (VIDEO)

Jul 6, 2014, 12:35 PM EDT

Multiple contenders have been taken out in a major crash on Lap 21 of the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

As the field exited Turn 4, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got loose and Jeff Gordon behind him appeared to get loose as well. Gordon then got into and turned around Tony Stewart, with a sizable portion of the field collected in the aftermath.

Also among those involved in the accident were Brad Keselowski, Kevin Harvick, Marcos Ambrose, Danica Patrick, Denny Hamlin, Matt Kenseth, Trevor Bayne, Kyle Larson, A.J. Allmendinger, Jimmie Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Carl Edwards.

After being released from the infield care center, Stewart was understandably in an annoyed mood.

“We’re a quarter of a lap away from getting a competition caution, and Stenhouse is going to be a hero,” Stewart told TNT. “I don’t know. I don’t know what happened to him there, but that took out a bunch of good cars for no reason.

“…No matter what I say right now, somebody’s going to be mad and somebody’s going to disagree with it. But I think it’s a pretty dumb excuse to have the caution come out 500 yards too early.”

Stenhouse indicated in his comments that Bobby Labonte pulling up ahead of him caused his own car to get loose out of Turn 4.

“We had a good head of steam run going towards the lead there and the 33 [Bobby Labonte] pulled up in front of us, slowed us a little bit,” he said. “Got a little bit loose off the corner, got it saved and was going straight for a little bit.

“And then it looked like the 24 [Gordon] kind of checked up and moved down, maybe thought I was gonna spin it out, and got into the outside of the 14 [Stewart] there and turned him around.”

The green flag came back out at Lap 28 following the clean-up. 34 cars are now currently on the lead lap.

  1. jerze2387 - Jul 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Ricky Patrick …er I mean stenhouse is a terrible driver. Always has been. Bringing in these kinda of drivers is why roush has fallen so far

    • jimrittenour - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Sounds like you didn’t even watch the replay. Of course Stewart blames it on Stenhouse without reason.

  2. wlsr1947diehard - Jul 7, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    NASCAR needs to bring back the 2 or more car drafting and pushing, at least they are racing then. Sick of watching the freight train and the huge wrecks it causes!!! With the drafting they can race to the front or hold back, but you don’t have the boring freight train and not able to make any advance when you are marred down in the pack!!

    • jimrittenour - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:57 PM

      “2 or more car drafting;” how do you think those freight-trains develop? How to win races has never changed. Outwit, outsmart, adapt and stop blaming everybody else for every wreck you find yourself in.

      Different conditions require different skills.

      And that’s why NASCAR road races should be run rain or shine.

  3. buckie16 - Jul 7, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    Really? You, Tony “stupid-idiot & hero (in his own mind)” Stewart, ought’a review the replays before flapping your his gums, no? You seem to relish in making a fool of yourself.
    A) Ricky didn’t you, YOU WRECKED RICKY!!!
    B) This is a microcosm of “Plate Racing” & no one’s fault, as you should know since you have created so many “Big Ones.”
    C) If you must blame someone, try blaming the guy who hooked you… #24!
    D) #17 sis noting wrong, did a great job if anything. He was not overaggressive or impatient. He was not trying to pass of force anything. He snapped loose & did a great job correcting his car, without lifting or event touching #14. #24 freaked out, underestimated #17 skill level & swerved into #14, which was the cause of this mess.

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