The new Generation 6 Sprint Cup car is proving to be a smash hit at Daytona International Speedway.
A mere eight minutes into the first official practice of the season, a five-car wreck ensued after Matt Kenseth went from the high line to the low line and was hit from behind by Kurt Busch. That created a five-car melee that included Mark Martin, Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya.
This was the first time multiple cars raced in a pack at Daytona since a January test session when a 12-car wreck started after just one lap of practice. That tangle of sheet metal was triggered when Dale Earnhardt Jr. got into the back of Marcos Ambrose.
Teams are practicing for Saturday night’s Sprint Unlimited (8 p.m. ET on FOX), the traditional exhibition race to start the season featuring the previous season’s pole winners and previous winners of this race.