Sprint Unlimited at Daytona – Post Race Report
Accident Ends FedEx Racing Team's Night Early in Sprint Unlimited Race at Daytona
Denny Hamlin was collected in a multi-car accident on Lap 14 of the season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, relegating the driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota to a 15th-place finish in the unofficial kickoff to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Hamlin was driving among the top-10 throughout the early laps of the race that included 2012 pole award winners and previous Unlimited winners, when an accident was triggered in front of him. He was unable to avoid the spinning cars and was caught up in the wreck. He spun down into the infield grass with substantial damage, ending the team's night early. "It's tough to start the season with a wreck so early, but we were able to learn something for next week's Daytona 500, when it really matters," said Hamlin. "I could see right before the wreck that some cars were starting to have handling issues, and I'm not exactly sure what caused it, but I had nowhere to go. We'll be back next week ready to go." Hamlin, who won the Sprint Unlimited (then Bud Shootout) as a rookie in 2006, started fifth in his eighth start in the prestigious non-points event won by Kevin Harvick. Greg Biffle finished second. The FedEx Racing team returns to action with the Daytona 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24.