DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A 22-car wreck with 71 laps remaining took out a number of Coke Zero 400 contenders Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
Jamie McMurray appeared to lose control of his car, triggering the melee. There were no injuries.
"I really don't know what happened. I think somebody got into my left rear, and I don't know if I cut a tire down," McMurray said. "After I felt that happen, I just didn't have any control. ... It's unfortunate. It's part of [restrictor] plate racing."
Drivers who were knocked out of the race by the accident were Jimmie Johnson, Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard, Brian Scott, Regan Smith and Chris Buescher. Drivers who had to go to the garage for repairs but eventually resumed racing were Danica Patrick, Matt Kenseth, Martin Truex Jr., Kasey Kahne, Chase Elliott and Matt DiBenedetto. McMurray returned for two laps before retiring for the day.
"Just a bunch of cars crashing,'' Kenseth said. "Pretty much that was it."
Drivers whose cars were damaged beyond repair were Johnson, Harvick, Menard, Scott, Smith and Buescher.
"I know I had one car on my roof and everybody just kept piling in," Harvick said. "It is just one of those things that just doesn't take much for it to all go south here at a superspeedway track. It is what it is."
Most of the cars stayed on the ground in Saturday night's crash, although Scott's rear wheels lifted off the ground as Harvick's nose slid underneath him.
"I didn't see a lot," Scott said. "We were in the wall and jacked up and I guess [Harvick] came up under me and drove underneath my car, and then I was up in the air. It was a pinball effect. It is an unfortunate end. You always seem to get those big ones here in the Fourth of July race. Sometimes there is nothing you can do. There was no chance to ever miss that for our [car].
"It is just a product of this type of racing. When you are in the pack and there is one wreck ... there is no way for people to escape."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.