2012 Bud Shootout: 'Big One' On Lap 8 Damages Multiple Cars

Well that didn't take long.

Big pack racing has apparently returned to Daytona International Speedway, but so too has the 'Big One.'

With Dale Earnhardt Jr. leading on lap 8 of Saturday night's Bud Shootout, David Ragan inadvertently turned Paul Menard, setting off a fiery chain reaction which collected about a dozen cars.

In addition to Menard and Ragan, the cars of Kasey Kahne, Denny Hamlin, Michael Waltrip and Matt Kenseth were destroyed. Drivers Jeff Burton, Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart were also among those to sustain damage.

The Bud Shootout was viewed as a key test to see how the racing would be in the Daytona 500. Last year's event was dominated by two-car tandem drafts, which were unpopular with fans.

If the early going of tonight's race is any indication, the two-car drafts won't be as widespread in next week's race. On the flip side, multi-car wrecks could be more prevalent.

On the lap 15 restart, Earnhardt Jr. leads Kevin Harvick.

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