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Stenhouse Jr. gets security escort after sparking 2 crashes at Daytona

Sporting News logo Sporting News 7/9/2018 Arthur Weinstein

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Plenty of drivers were mad after Saturday night's crash-filled NASCAR race at Daytona, but Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is the only one who needed a security escort afterward.

It was that kind of night in the Coke Zero Sugar 400, with crashes throughout the event. Stenhouse found himself involved in five of the eight crashes, and caused two of them. According to, a "handful of drivers" were upset with Stenhouse. That led the track and NASCAR to provide a security escort "to ensure his safety as he walked through the Monster Energy Series garage."

The race's defending champion, Stenhouse had a fast car once again, and won the race's first two stages. But some drivers felt he drove too aggressively. Count Kurt Busch among those not happy with Stenhouse. Busch's night ended after a crash caused by Stenhouse in Stage 2, and he later tweeted his thoughts.

"Thank you to everybody @StewartHaasRcng, car was fast. Sucks we got caught up in the #StenhouseDD (DemolitionDerby) but it’s a product of him being 17th in points and racing “for every point"

Busch's brother, Kyle, got knocked out in a subsequent crash sparked by Stenhouse, and noted, "Same guy that caused the first one caused the second one there."

Stenhouse, who finished 17th, admitted he erred in causing those two crashes.

"I was frustrated with myself causing crashes like that," he said. "You don’t ever really want to do that."

But the Roush Fenway Racing driver didn't feel a need to apologize. He's ranked 17th in the points, the first driver outside the playoff field at the moment, and he could use a win to make the postseason.

“No, it’s aggressive speedway racing,” Stenhouse said. “We needed to win to get in the playoffs, so it is what it is.”

Related slideshow: 2018 NASCAR wrecks (provided by USA Today Sports)


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