Feb 15, 2014; Daytona Beach, FL, USA; NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Matt Kenseth (20), Tony Stewart (14), Jeff Gordon (24) and Carl Edwards (99) are involved in a multi car crash on the front stretch during the Sprint Unlimited at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Huge 26 car crash during Nascar Daytona Coke Zero race (Video)

As a Nascar fan, you either love or hate Daytona. Some say they love the excitement of the bumper to bumper drafting while some tend to see that style of racing boring, especially because it almost always leads to significant crashes.

Case in point, today, as just 98-laps into the Coke Zero 400, a massive crash took out a large majority of the field as 26 cars were involved in the dust up.

To make matters worse, a handful of cars involved in that had just returned to the track as on lap 19, a 16-car crash sent a handful of big names like Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmy Johnson to the infield garage. It also sent Kyle Busch rolling, which gave the crowd an understandable scare.

“It just felt like a slow carnival ride,” Busch said. “When you go over like that, you get tight in your restraints. You just hang on to your restraints, That’s pretty much it.

“Last time I was upside down, I barrel rolled a few times and ended up back on my wheels. Those hits hurt a little bit more than just being toppled over and hanging. I’d rather do that any time.”

The earlier crash that took out some of Nascar’s biggest drivers was caused by the young Ricky Stenhouse Jr, who seemingly irritated Jeff Gordon yet again.

“Every week it’s something with (Stenhouse). I love him like a little brother, but it makes me nervous to be around him on the racetrack.

“I guess it was Stenhouse being an idiot. It didn’t make much sense when we’re coming to the caution. We’re like a quarter of a lap from getting to the caution and he does something stupid.”

It’s been an eventful day to say the least, especially given the late start due to a rain delay.

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