Harrison Burton sent airborne in brutal eight-car Daytona 500 wreck; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch also involved

Harrison Burton sent airborne in brutal eight-car Daytona 500 wreck; Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch also involved

It took just 62 laps to see the first wreck of the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season.

Ross Chastain, Brad Keselowski, Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton, William Byron and Alex Bowman were involved in a nasty eight-car crash on Lap 63 of the Daytona 500, the season-opening race. 

The wreck sent Burton airborne, with his No. 21 car flipping onto its lid before correcting itself back onto the asphalt. 

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Byron was sent careening into an inside wall, while Hamlin and Chastain sustained damage to their cars. Hamlin would end up with a DNF, the first time he hasn’t finished the Daytona 500 in 17 tries.

Keselowski seemed to be the catalyst for the crash. He bumped into the right rear bumper of Burton’s car. Burton then swept up Bowman and Busch as he slid across the track.

All drivers seemed to be OK after getting out of their cars, with the rookie Burton taking an interview soon after.

Martin Truex Jr. won Stage 1 as he escaped the wreck that swept up some solid competition behind him.