Originally written on Start 'N' Park Blog  |  Last updated 10/15/14
Ford_400_c0bf
Sprint Unlimited Recap: Denny Hamlin was collected in a multi-car accident on Lap 14 of the season-opening Sprint Unlimited exhibition race at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday night, relegating the driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota to a 15th-place finish in the unofficial kickoff to the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Hamlin was driving among the top-10 throughout the early laps of the race that included 2012 pole award winners and previous Unlimited winners, when an accident occurred in front of him. He was unable to avoid the spinning cars and was caught up in the wreck. He spun down into the infield grass with substantial damage, ending the team’s night early. Hamlin, who won the Sprint Unlimited as a rookie in 2006, started fifth in his eighth start in the prestigious non-points event won by Kevin Harvick. Daytona 500 Preview: Hamlin is making his eighth start in the Daytona 500 on Sunday at the ‘World Center of Racing.’ The 32-year-old Virginia native recorded his best-career finish in the ‘Great American Race,’ taking the checkered flag fourth. Hamlin finished third in the July 2009 race at Daytona. Last Sunday, Hamlin posted the seventh-quickest time in Daytona 500 qualifying, and will start fourth in the first of two Duel races on Thursday that will set the starting grid for Sunday’s 200-lap, 500-mile event. The FedEx Racing driver won a 150-mile Duel race in 2008. Event: Daytona 500 Date/Time: Feb. 24/1 p.m.ET 2012 winner: Matt Kenseth 2012 polesitter: Carl Edwards Distance: 200 laps/500 miles Track Length: 2.5 miles  Banking: 31 degrees Track Shape: Tri-Oval -FedEx Racing PR
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Anderson Varejao out for season with torn Achilles

Kevin Nash arrested after alleged fight with son

Report: Celtics, Cavs discussing three-team trade

NFC playoff picture, Week 17: Division showdowns

Jim Harbaugh once used player's blood as war paint

Bennett: Seahawks are ‘best defense to ever play football’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Ex-Ohio St. WR takes jab at Michigan's program

Michael Dyer academically ineligible, will miss bowl

Pro Bowl rosters announced

Red Sox all set with their starting pitching?

AFC playoff picture, Week 17

Fisher gets new contract, is now one of highest-paid coaches

Michigan St. QB, Ohio State TE have awkward Twitter exchange

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each NFL Week 17 game

The 40 greatest Christmas-related names in sports

NBA teams rooting for others to win

WATCH: Vlade Divac drains half-court shot, wins $90K for charity

Charles Barkley would pay recruits to go to Auburn

WATCH: Serge Ibaka, LaMarcus Aldridge ejected for scuffle

Stephen Paea angry over Pro Bowl snub

Nick Young on Kobe-less win: He needs to pass us the ball

J.R. Smith: Knicks' season has been a 'nightmare'

Did Clay take back wife after Murray cheating allegation?

NASCAR News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

Will FIFA ever care to change?

Top storyline for each Week 17 game

40 great Christmas-related sports names

Ibaka, Aldridge ejected for scuffle

Nick Young on Kobe-less win: He needs to pass

NFC playoff picture, Week 17: Division showdowns

J.R. Smith: Knicks' season a 'nightmare'

Bennett: Seahawks defense is best ever

Ex-Ohio St. WR takes jab at Michigan

Recruit in bathtub full of letters

Did Clay take back wife despite allegation?

Has NHL Winter Classic lost its luster?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.