DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Several drivers participating in the Sprint Unlimited talked before Friday's first practice about how careful they had to be because inventory of the new "Gen 6'' car is limited.
Even so, less than 10 laps into the first of two sessions at Daytona International Speedway, there was a five-car incident that had Furniture Row Racing calling its shop in Denver for another car.
"We should be OK,'' Furniture Row general manager Joe Garone said. "We just don't need to do this again. We were actually prepared for one (wreck). Another one will put us in a bind.''
Also involved were Carl Edwards, Mark Martin and Juan Pablo Montoya. Kenseth was optimistic his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota could be fixed for the Unlimited. Edwards and Martin said their cars could be fixed, but they were going to a backup for Saturday night's non-points event.
Furniture Row will go to its backup car for the Feb. 24 Daytona 500 and ordered another from Colorado to keep the inventory in Daytona at three.
Earnhardt blamed that one on the front bumper of his Chevrolet not matching up with the rear bumper of Ambrose's Ford the way it did with the old car. Kenseth was not pushing another car.
"I was focused on the 18 in front of me,'' Kenseth said of teammate Kyle Busch. "Nobody was getting very good runs at all. I was looking at the 18 trying to do some different things, thinking about my car. I just had no idea he was there.
"That was 100 percent driver error. It was 100 percent my fault. It wouldn't have mattered what kind of car we were driving. If you drive down in front of somebody, they're going to hit you.''
Teams are tight on inventory because parts and pieces for the new "Gen 6'' cars have been slow getting to the shops.