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Dale Jr. wrecks Ambrose, wipes out 12 cars
Drivers wanted to see how their new Sprint Cup cars handled in the draft at Daytona International Speedway.

The answer? Stay away from Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It was a costly lesson for many Friday as a 12-car crash resulted in eight teams having their three-day test end in the middle of the second day because of damage to their cars. At least four other teams decided to go home to avoid wrecking.

The accident happened about 22 laps into the drafting session Friday afternoon when Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned Marcos Ambrose.

“I was just going to give him a push down the back straightaway and see if he could get the lead,” Earnhardt said. “We got off the back straightaway and was pushing along there and our cars didn’t match up very well.

“I got him hooked into the fence.”

“I sort of had him going down the back straightaway like a forklift. It was a big mess and tore up a lot of cars. Definitely, the drafting is not like it used to be.”

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