2011 Daytona 500: The Big One Strikes At Lap 29

Daytona International Speedway has a stunned feel at the moment, as an unexpected "Big One" has struck the Daytona 500 early.

Michael Waltrip got teammate David Reutimann loose and spun him in Turn 3 and sending the No. 00 car crashing into the rest of the field.

The wreck collected 14 cars, which sustained various degrees of damage.

Among the names who were also caught up in the wreck aside from Waltrip and Reutimann:

  • Jeff Gordon
  • Jimmie Johnson
  • Brian Keselowski
  • Matt Kenseth
  • Mark Martin
  • Joe Nemechek
  • Marcos Ambrose
  • Brian Vickers
  • Greg Biffle
  • Andy Lally
  • AJ Allmendinger
  • Travis Kvapil
"It's just a part of these races," Reutimann said. "It wasn't Mike's fault. ... I know it tore up a lot of cars, and I hate that happened, but it's unfortunately a part of these situations."

Waltrip said Reutimann suddenly changed directions when he saw traffic up ahead, and he was unaware of what was happening.

"I was pushing Dave and he changed directions in the corner there," Waltrip said. "He tried to tell me where he was going and we just didn't do a good job, you know?"

Jeff Gordon told MRN the racing prior to the wreck was like "bumper cars bouncing off one another three-deep, four-deep, four wide. Unfortunately, we got caught up in it."
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