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The wreck collected Denny Hamlin, who was tapped by Busch early and then collected by Chase Briscoe late in the event. Hamlin deadpanned that he was involved in the “trifecta” with a wreck in each stage.

“I feel like a victim but I don’t know,” Hamlin said. “[Briscoe] ended up spinning out, I guess I ran into, but I was four-wide and I didn’t have anywhere to go. … There’s just no room.

“And the 8 [of Busch] spun us, but I don’t even know — I was caught off-guard.”

Briscoe wasn’t sure what happened: “I got put in a bad spot down the back straightaway. Somebody was on my right-rear and it kind of shuffled me to the left.  I think we were three or four-wide and it felt like somebody hit me in the left-rear getting into three, but I could have just got loose from the air. I’m not really sure.”

Another driver whose car broke free from him to trigger a wreck was Brad Keselowski, a wreck that ended the day of Kyle Larson, who led 17 laps.

“My car just took off in the middle of the corner,” Keselowski said. “I don’t know if it dumped or I lost the rear tire.

“Once I got up to the wall I couldn’t get it off the wall.  It’s a shame.  We were in good position.  We ran up front most of the day and made good adjustments on the car.”

Bob Pockrass covers NASCAR for FOX Sports. He has spent decades covering motorsports, including over 30 Daytona 500s, with stints at ESPN, Sporting News, NASCAR Scene magazine and The (Daytona Beach) News-Journal. Follow him on Twitter @bobpockrass.

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