DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Matt Crafton had the lead on the final lap of the season-opening NASCAR Camping World Truck series race Friday night and then all of a sudden he had the feeling no driver wants.
"When you feel that light sensation, you know what's going to happen from there," Crafton said about the feeling as a truck gets airborne.
Crafton was clipped by a spinning Ben Rhodes and his truck did a complete flip horizontal to the Daytona International Speedway track and landed on all fours. He was not injured.
"I'm very happy that it only went over one time and landed back on its wheels, without a doubt," Crafton said.
Crafton and Johnny Sauter diced for the lead on a restart with two laps remaining and Crafton eventually took the lead, ducking down to the inside lane with Sauter in the middle and Rhodes on the outside. Rhodes was hit from behind and turned directly into the right rear of Crafton, his teammate at ThorSport Racing. Crafton's truck was hit three times and he eventually got airborne and partially landed on Sauter's truck.
"I was watching the mirror and I saw the [Rhodes] getting turned and I'm like, 'Just don't get me in the right rear,' " Crafton said. "About that time, I felt it turn right and I'm like, 'Oh this is not good.' ... That was just last-lap Daytona."
Sauter teammate, GMS Racing rookie Kaz Grala, 18, won the race, becoming the youngest Daytona winner in a NASCAR race.
The Crafton crash was the second big one of the night. There was a 17-truck crash early in the event. No one was injured.
"The race was crazy -- just chaos all night," Crafton said. "There was just stupidity all night to say the least. ... I don't know how they didn't wreck more."