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  • Kyle Larson (42), Alex Bowman (88), Kurt Busch (41), Denny Hamlin (11), Chase Elliott (9), Clint Bowyer (14), Joey Logano (22), Jimmie Johnson (48), Brad Keselowski (2) and Daniel Suarez (19), get caught in a multi-car accident in Turn 3 as Austin Dillon (3) and Kasey Kahne (95) try to avoid them during the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • A U.S. flag covers the infield during the national anthem before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Joseph Gullett, right, dressed in a dinosaur suit jokes with fans relaxing in a pool cooling off in a camping area before a NASCAR cup series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

  • Fans reach out to high-five pole-sitter Chase Elliott during driver introductions for the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • NASCAR 2018 Daytona 500 auto race winner Austin Dillon puts his handprint on the Champions Walk of Fame at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Since 1996, Daytona 500 champions have had their hands, right foot and signature immortalized in cement in the Champions' Walk of Fame. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Jimmie Johnson greets fans before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Pole-sitter Chase Elliott climbs into his car before the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17) crosses the finish line to win the first stage of the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Chase Elliott, left, leads the field of cars to start the NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Saturday, July 07, 2018 9:40 pm

The Latest: Stenhouse causes another accident at Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The Latest on the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway (all times local):

9:05 p.m.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has wrecked more than half the field at Daytona.

Stenhouse started a 25-car accident early in the 400-mile race and then took out two more contenders a few laps later.

Stenhouse tapped Kyle Busch and caused him to lose control. Busch's No. 18 Toyota slide right and took out William Byron. Byron and Busch were running 1-2 at the time.

"Disappointing to get crashed out by the guy that caused the first crash," Busch said.

8:45 p.m.

"The Big One" happened early in the Cup Series race at Daytona, and it involved more than half the field.

Pole-sitter Chase Elliott, former series champions Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch, and former Daytona 500 winners Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano were involved in a 25-car crash on Lap 54 Saturday night.

Defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. started the melee when he tapped and turned Keselowski, who was running third. Keselowski's No. 2 Ford slammed into the side of Busch, and more than a dozen cars were unable to slow down.

Keselowski said it actually started with a "bad block" by William Byron, who cut in front of Keselowski and prompted him to lift off the gas.

"The 2 got wrecked and so did everyone else," Hamlin said. "It usually happens much later in the night."

Added Logano: "When one car sits sideways in front of the field at 200 mph, you can't get through it."

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8:20 p.m.

Defending race winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. has won the first stage of the Cup Series race at Daytona.

Stenhouse took the lead from Chase Elliott after 11 laps and then held off a late run from Kyle Busch to take the checkered flag and earn some bonus points. It was Stenhouse's first stage win of the year.

Busch was second after starting 15th, followed by Kyle Larson, William Byron and pole-sitter Elliott.

Michael McDowell, who finished ninth in the season-opening Daytona 500, was running second much of the stage before making a mental error and falling way back.

Defending series champion Martin Truex Jr. was penalized during pit stops for having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

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7:55 p.m.

Chase Elliott is on the pole and the green flag has dropped for the start of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Elliott and Hendrick Motorsports teammate Alex Bowman are on the front row at Daytona, a needed boost for both the team and manufacturer Chevrolet.

Chevy is trying to snap a 0-for-17 streak. It's the longest losing winless stretch for the American manufacturer since a 31-race drought in 1981-82.

Austin Dillon gave Chevy its lone win of the season at the season-opening Daytona 500. The American automaker hasn't been to victory lane since and hadn't really gotten close to a checkered. Toyota and Ford have pulled away in the standings.

Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson starts fourth in the No. 48 Chevrolet, giving Hendrick three of the top four spots.

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