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Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Crash pierces hole in Daytona fence

By Brant James
ESPN.com

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- A seven-car accident in Sprint Cup practice pierced a hole in the grandstand fence at Daytona International Speedway on Wednesday, harkening back to an accident at the end of last year's Nationwide Series season opener.

Several spectators were injured at Daytona during last season's Nationwide race when a blocking incident between Regan Smith and Brad Keselowski sent rookie Kyle Larson's car careening into the fence where it spewed parts, including a wheel, into the seating area.

During Wednesday's first practice session, Matt Kenseth appeared to spark a wreck that sent Parker Kligerman's No. 30 Toyota on top of Paul Menard's No. 27 Chevrolet and then along the SAFER barrier, where it tore a hole in the fence that forced the cancellation of the rest of the practice.

A Daytona spokesman said the fence "performed the way it was designed to," but one steel cable and some mesh fencing would be replaced.

The track has received no reports of injuries.

Joey Logano blamed Kenseth for drifting up the track into the nose of his No. 22 Ford on Wednesday as he tried to exploit a gap.

Parker Kligerman
Parker Kligerman (30) goes over Paul Menard during a multi-car wreck in a practice session for Sunday's Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

"Maybe I shouldn't have been racing as hard as I was there in practice, but everybody was in a big pack there trying to make things happen," Logano said. "As soon as he came back up I checked up a little bit and then the [Trevor Bayne] hit me from behind and we spun out. It happens. That's Daytona for you."

Kenseth said Logano got too close and moved him and was spun once he corrected the car.

Kligerman blamed Logano for being overly aggressive.

"It's a shame. He's supposed to be a veteran," said Kligerman, a rookie. "You go up to the Sprint Cup Series and it's supposed to be the best of the best. You've got a guy in practice who's racing people like it's the end of the Daytona 500. Meanwhile, I came out of truck practice, and we were running 3 or 4 wide no problem.

"I don't quite understand that one. I'll have to talk him about that. I'm pretty upset about how that all went down."