It didn't take long for the two-car drafts to begin taking over in the 2011 Daytona 500. And it didn't take long for the first wreck to happen, either.
As soon as the green flag waved, Regan Smith immediately got behind race starter Kurt Busch and began pushing as the two-car drafts separated themselves from the field.
By Lap 3 – when fans stood and honored the late Dale Earnhardt by raising their arms with the three sign (which induced goosebumps among even some in the press box) – there were five two-car drafts leading the race.
It didn't last long, though. The next lap, Kyle Busch was spun by Michael Waltrip during a two-car draft. It was obviously unintentional, but Waltrip has done that a couple times during this Speedweeks now.
Busch spun a few times, but didn't sustain any major damage.
As of the first caution, Kevin Harvick is leading AJ Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin and Kurt Busch.