Daytona Beach, Fla – It was a wild NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season opener on Friday night. The NextEra Energy Resources 250 saw a lot of Trucks torn up, as when the checkered flag flew at the Daytona International Speedway this evening, only a handful of Trucks were left unscathed.
In fact, only five of the 32 Trucks will leave Daytona without any damage this weekend.
It all started on just Lap 2 when 19 Trucks were officiallyl involved in an accident entering Turn 1. The race no longer got started before the “big one” occurred, as a chain reaction melee happened when both Brad Keselowski Racing Trucks appeared to touch one another after being pushed into each other in the pack.
Austin Cindric, Ryan Truex, Noah Gragson, Clay Greenfield, Ross Chastain, Stewart Friesen and Tommy Joe Martins were all left out of the race after the Lap 2 incident, while several others had damage from the “big one.” That crash took out seven of the 32 starters just two laps in.
The middle stages saw Christopher Bell get into two crashes, none bigger than when his No. 4 Toyota got airborne after spinning from contact with Brett Moffitt exiting Turn 4 heading to the end of the first of three Stages on Lap 20.
On the final lap of the race, nearly the rest of the field that was running at the finish was involved in a huge crash on the backstretch that saw Matt Crafton get airborne and nearly over the fence.
The wreck started when Ben Rhodes who fought his way through the pack had a run on the outside lane and looking like he could prevail tonight to victory. Unfortunately, he was pushed out of control by Grant Enfinger exiting Turn 2 and spun across the track taking out several Trucks, as nine Trucks overall were involved in that scary crash.
There were several hard hits which will certainly be the lead on several sports highlight shows with Crafton getting some serious air.
Luckily, no one was hurt in any of the big crashes this evening.