DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Brad Keselowski took responsibility for triggering an accident that forced 10 Sprint Cup teams to go to backup cars but said he wasn’t alone in causing the incident.
Problems occurred 10 minutes into Friday’s opening practice session at Daytona International Speedway. Keselowski clipped the left rear of Busch’s car, sending it spinning and collecting others. Busch said that Keselowski didn’t “need to be up a guy’s left rear. I rolled out and got out of the gas I don’t know how many times just to not run into the car in front of me because it’s not that time of the game to go.”
Keselowski told NASCAR Talk: “I think we probably had some shared equity in what happened. I could have probably rolled out a little more than I did – because I did – and we probably could have raced each other with a little more room.’’
Keselowski said he wanted to go back down low but said Busch started coming down low. Keselowski didn’t have room to adjust.
“I flat out ran into the back of him,’’ Keselowski said. “It’s just a bummer to see cars get torn up. Nobody has any fun with that. I know these crew guys, it’s Daytona, it’s July and it’s 100 degrees out, they’re not enjoying working on a backup car. This stinks.”
Greg Biffle also was collected in the incident and said: “I went to the bottom and (Keselowski) acted like he was going to come back down a little bit. I wasn’t sure what he was doing, and then he instantly stopped and didn’t come down there, but, as I pulled up beside (Keselowski), the 18 (Busch) was sideways in front of both of us.’’
Denny Hamlin, who had to go to a backup car after the incident, said: “The track was pretty slick. Just two cars got together. I could see it coming. I was getting ready to back out and just didn’t do it in time.’’
Drivers who went to backup cars were Busch, Hamlin, Biffle, Carl Edwards, Trevor Bayne, Martin Truex Jr., Sam Hornish Jr., Ryan Newman, Jamie McMurray and Michael Annett.