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NASCAR Daytona Unlimited Race Marred by Massive Crash, Pace Car Fire

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/16/2014 Edward A. Sanchez, NASCAR

For those that consider the definition of a "good" NASCAR race to include plenty of fender-to-fender sheetmetal carnage, then Saturday's Sprint Unlimited race in Daytona would qualify. But for the majority of drivers, it definitely was not a good race, with only eight out of 18 drivers finishing the race. Denny Hamlin, driving his number 11 Toyota Camry, took first place, followed by Brad Keselowski driving a Ford in second, and Kyle Busch giving Toyota a second spot on the podium in third.

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The race also marked the first time that driver Tony Stewart took the wheel since August, when he suffered a broken leg. Stewart was only able to complete 35 laps before being knocked out in the massive nine-car pileup that took seven racers out of the competition, including racing sweethearts Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.

The final count of just eight racers finishing is the lowest number on record since 1981. To top off all the other drama, one of the Chevrolet SS pace cars caught fire as an auxiliary electrical unit that powers the car's caution lights started smoking. The pace car was replaced with an alternate vehicle, but Hamlin reportedly quipped on the pace car's malady, "They should have been driving a Camry."

Source: ESPN

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