While Brad Keselowski had high hopes to start his season on a good note, the Sprint Unlimited wouldn’t go as he hoped as he was the first driver wrecked out of the 75-lap non-points event at Daytona International Speedway.
On lap 23, Kyle Larson tried to squeeze into a hole between Keselowski and another car, but would catch the front end of Keselowski. A team member asked on the radio whether Larson got up too high in line, and Larson responded, “I didn’t get up too far at all.”
Keselowski would then be sent down into the infield tri-oval grass, before shooting back up across the track into the outside wall.
“I made contact with the 42 (Larson) and 22 (Joey Logano), and ended up in the grass there,” Keselowski commented. “When all that happens, it’s not good…it tears up the front end pretty quick. Just part of racing at Daytona. Really happy with the speed in the Miller Lite Ford and this is just the preliminary. We’ll be ready for the 500.”
Keselowski was the only driver with severe damage in the wreck. Clint Bowyer would catch a piece of debris in his nose, though.