Denny Hamlin won NASCAR’s opening exhibition event that ended under caution, putting the sport’s new overtime ruling to it’s first test. The multi-car crash that included teammate Matt Kenseth concluded the event as NASCAR’s Overtime rule ended the race a half-lap from the finish line.
Several top contender drivers were taken out during the event, including pole sitter Jimmie Johnson on lap 44 as he spun through the grass. The spin ended Johnson’s night.
Multiple-car crashes filled the event in its closing laps. With 19 to go, contact from Jamie McMurray sent Hendrick Motorsports driver Kasey Kahne spinning. Kahne would briefly return until a damaged splitter sent him to the garage.
The start of the 2016 season briefly saw the return of Brian Vickers, who is filling in for Tony Stewart while he recovers from a back injury. Vickers smacked the wall early on lap 26 after with a blown tire. The incident collected teammates Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Allmendinger, Biffle, and Earnhardt Jr.
Debris played a factor for Brad Keseloeski as a plastic bag found its way onto the grille of the No. 2 Ford. After pitting for repairs, Brad regained enough track position to finish 9th.
After many wrecks one driver comes out a winner, but everyone looks forward to a renewed start at the 58th running of the Daytona 500.