Kyle Busch won a wild, crash-filled Budweiser Shootout from Daytona. He almost wrecked twice, but he managed to pull of a last second slingshot pass to beat the 2011 Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart to the finish line.
After the changes NASCAR made during the offseason, the big packs returned to Daytona. A bi-product of pack racing, the big wreck, also returned. Three different times.
In the first segment of the race David Ragan turned Paul Menard around in turn two to start the first big wreck. Ragan pushed Menard in the left rear corner of the car and that turned him around. Michael Waltrip, Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Jeff Burton, Kasey Kahne, and Juan Pablo Montoya were all involved.
In segment two there were two wrecks. The first one started when the top nine cars were in single-file formation. Joey Logano got turned around by Marcos Ambrose who pushed Logano in the left rear bumper the same way Ragan did to Menard. Logano spun up the track and collected Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., and Kenseth again. Harvick's car went on fire after the crash as well.
The third wreck was started the same way the first two were. Jeff Gordon tried to push Kyle Busch in the left rear corner of the car and turned Busch around. Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Jamie McMurray will all involved. Gordon's car got turned onto the driver's side door panel, slid, then rolled about three times before coming to rest on its roof. Gordon was checked and released at the infield care center.
Kyle Busch managed to save the car after being turned by Gordon. He also was turned by Johnson, but he managed to save it that time as well.
After the last wreck, Tony Stewart led the field to the restart on the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish. After getting shuffled back to about fourth, Stewart got help from Busch who used the tandem-drafting style to push both cars out front. Busch made the slingshot move to the outside of Stewart as the two entered the tri-oval and managed to beat Stewart to the line by a fender. The official margin of victory was 0.013 second.
If tonight is any indication for the rest of Speedweeks, NASCAR has fixed the tandem racing seen last season at Daytona and Talladega, and the rest of the week should be insane.